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The 2020 general election in New Jersey will be conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots. (Photo: Chris Dorney.)

Monmouth national poll shows support for early voting, Election Day photo IDs, but less backing for expanded vote-by-mail

Patrick Murray: ‘most Democrats and Republicans want to take the potential for election results to be questioned off the table’

By David Wildstein, June 21 2021 11:00 am

Early voting and photo IDs on election day have the support of most Americans in a Monmouth University national poll released on Monday, with the public divided on vote-by-mail expansion and one-third of the nation believing that voter fraud was the reason Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump.

More than six-in-ten Americans (61%) say Biden’s victory was fair and square, but 32% maintain that voter fraud put the Democrat in the White House.  Still, 16% of those who think Biden won fraudulently say it’s time for the nation to move on, while 14% will never accept Biden as their president.

Among Republicans, 36% say Biden won fairly while 57% say he did not.

“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 Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “The problem, though, is they aren’t likely to agree on how to get there.”

Two-thirds of the nation view voter fraud as a problem in the United States, with 37% saying it’s a major problem and 32% calling it a minor problem.  Half of the nation (50%) view voter disenfranchisement as a major problem and another 26% as a minor problem, with 20% of Americans saying it’s not a problem at all.

“Disenfranchising eligible voters is nominally a bigger concern than voter fraud, but the sizable number of Americans who cling to the view that fraud determined the 2020 election poses an intractable challenge for reaching any public consensus on voting access,” said Murray.

Half of the nation (50%) also think vote-by-mail should be simplified, but 39% say it should be tougher.  But 71% believe early voting should be easier and 16% say it ought to be harder.

Most Americans (60%) back national guidelines for mail-in ballots and early voting for every date in federal elections, while 25% oppose it.

Nationally, 80% support a law that requires voters to show a photo ID when they vote, and just 18% oppose it.
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