Tuesday, January 19, 2016
What America Thinks: Voters Vote on Voting
As the 2016 election draws ever closer, everyone’s talking about the candidates, but they don’t often look as closely at the actual electoral process. Do voters think elections in this country are the best they can be? We decided to find out what America thinks.
Nearly half of voters think it’s about as difficult as it needs to be to vote in U.S. elections today. But 30% think it’s too easy. Twice as many think voter fraud is a serious problem in the United States.
Stricter voter registration laws could be the answer. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support the mandatory showing of a photo ID at the polls before someone is allowed to vote. President Obama and other critics of photo ID laws argue that they discriminate against some voters, but most voters don’t buy that.
But Americans also aren’t big fans of efforts to up voter registration and voter turnout. Just one-in-four support making voting mandatory. Only 34% favor a proposal to automatically register to vote anyone who applies for government social services or signs up for health insurance through an Obamacare-established exchange. Fifty-nine percent (59%) oppose efforts to allow voting over the Internet, arguing that there is an even higher risk of fraud than with other methods of voting.
Yet despite these disagreements, voters are more confident in the fairness of U.S. elections than they have been in over two years.
For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.