A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted from March 3rd to 6th found 74% of voters say requiring photo-ID to vote is “a responsible measure to protect the integrity of elections.” Only 20% disagree.
Given that the concern is that the least educated and poor will be disproportionately harmed by photo-ID requirements, the least educated are among the strongest supporters (those with just a high school degree support it 83%-to-12%). Those without a high school degree support it 71%-to-25%, and that is still significantly more than those with a graduate school education (59%-to-34%). People with incomes above $100,000 are much less likely to support photo voter IDs (those making $100,000 to $200,000 support it by 66%-to-31% and more than $200,000 support it by 72%-to-22%) than those making less $30,000 a year (80%-to-12%).
Given how hard Democrats fight against voter photo-IDs, it is surprising that even Democrats overwhelmingly support it — 59%-to-33%. Blacks, who are supposedly harmed by these ID requirements, support it by a similar margin 60%-to-30%. Only liberals seem conflicted, barely supporting it by a very slim 46%-to-45% margin.
So why do Democrats fight so hard against voter photo-IDs when the people supposedly most harmed (the poor, the least educated, and minorities) are so overwhelmingly supportive?
Another big surprise is that even the people who don’t think that cheating in the 2020 presidential election are only very slightly against voter photo-IDs (45%-to-46%). Among Biden’s supporters, only those who strongly support him oppose government-issued voter photo-IDs (40%-to-51%).