Most voters believe it is more necessary to deter voting fraud than to make voting easier, and they oppose arguments that voter ID laws discriminate.
According to the most recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online poll, only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that measures forcing photo authentication at the polls discriminate against other voters. Sixty-two percent (62%) believe voter ID laws are not discriminatory.
A majority of voters (51%) agree that fraud affected the results of the 2020 presidential election, with 35% saying it was Very Possible.
Concerns about cheating have plagued President Joe Biden ever since Election Day. In November, a Rasmussen Reports survey found 47% of voters believed it was likely that Democrats stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots in several states to ensure that Biden would win. An overwhelming majority of GOP voters believe Democrats cheated in 2020.
The survey collected answers from 1,000 likely voters in the United States on April 11-12, 2021. With a 95% confidence level and a margin of random error of +/- 3 percentage points.
Similarly, many ethnic communities oppose the argument that voter ID laws discriminate toward other voters—64% of whites, 59% of Blacks, and 58% of other minorities.
Seventy-five percent (75%) believe that requesting voters to display proof of identity like a driving license before voting is essential for “a fair and secure election process.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp previously signed the Election Integrity Act of 2021 into law on March 25 after the Republican-sponsored sweeping election bill cleared both the state House and Senate.
The new law seeks to eliminate fraud, secure election integrity by enforcing conformity across the state, restricting drop boxes, expanding in-person voting, and boosting voter ID, among other reforms. It requires a Georgia driver’s license or a state-issued or state-approved ID to vote absentee by mail. The law would restrict people from approaching others in a voting line, even to “offer water.”
The new legislation sparked turmoil, with big companies threatening to boycott and leave the state. Several major companies have expressed strong disapproval of the legislation, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, JP Morgan Chase, and Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball announced on April 6 that it would hold the 2021 All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, just days after pulling the game out of Atlanta in protest of the new law.
Most recently, “Bad Boy” celebrity Will Smith, a Hollywood actor, who is remembered for playing a misbehaving detective in movies, will relocate his entire film crew out of Georgia due to the new election rules.
Smith and film director Antoine Fuqua both criticized the legislation for being discriminatory towards those belonging to another race.
Kemp has asserted the state’s stance in the face of corporate influence over Georgia State Assembly’s push for voter integrity, vowing that they will not back down.
“The members of the legislature that voted on this bill that were duly elected in November are not backing down. People are rising up because they’re worried. They’re worried. You know, they’re worried who’s going to—what sport is going to be next? You know—what event is going to be next? What business is going to be next?” he said.