Poll: Most Americans Like Voter IDs
73 percent think voter ID before voting is not discriminatory.
A poll released today shows most Americans favor showing an ID before voting, because they believe voter fraud is a substantial problem.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64 percent of Likely U.S. Voters rate voter fraud at least a somewhat serious problem in the United States today, and just 24 percent disagree. This includes 35 percent who consider it a very serious problem and 7 percent who view it as not at all serious. Twelve percent are undecided, according to Rasmussen.
The voter ID issue has been a hot-button topic in South Carolina, which has vowed to fight for a voter ID requirement after the U.S. Department of Justice struck down the state's law mandating IDs at the polls.
Opponents say voter ID surpress votes among elderly and poor voters. Proponenets say dead voters have turned up on election rolls and cast ballots.
Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Board of Elections opened an investigation after an activist proponent of voter IDs obtained a ballot using U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's identity. Holder and the Justice Department have blocked voter ID efforts, such as South Carolina's.
The Rasmussen survey, released Monday, was conducted April 12 to April 13 and surveyed 1,000 likely voters.