POLL: 80% of Americans Support Photo ID For Voters, 71% Support ‘Easier’ Early Voting


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A supermajority of Americans support both voter ID requirements and easier access to in-person early voting, according to a poll released by Monmouth University on Monday.

The poll found that 80% of Americans supported requiring would-be voters to show photo ID to cast their ballot. Only 18% were opposed to such measures. Election administration issues such as voter ID and early voting have become polarized amid voting reform efforts across the country, but a significant majority, or 71%, also said they support making early in-person voting easier to access.

The country remains more divided on vote-by-mail, following ongoing disputes over its security and accuracy in the 2020 election. The split falls along party lines, mirroring the polarization of voting methods last year. (RELATED: More Americans Support Georgia Voting Law Than Oppose)

Monmouth found that 50% of respondents said voting by mail should be easier to access while 39% said it should be more difficult. An overwhelming 84% of Democrats supported making the method easier. Just 40% of independents and 26% of Republicans said the same.

“The poll contains some seemingly conflicting information on voter access. The bottom line seems to be that most Democrats and Republicans want to take the potential for election results to be questioned off the table,” said Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray in the poll’s press release. “The problem, though, is they aren’t likely to agree on how to get there.”

A third of Americans believe that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election due to voter fraud, a figure that has not changed since November, according to Monmouth.

The partisan split on the issue was also significant, with 63% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying that Biden won due to voter fraud, Monmouth found. Only 4% of Democrats shared that belief.

The poll was conducted via telephone from June 9 to 14 with a sample of 810 U.S. adults. Its margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.