78% Favor Proof of Citizenship Before Being Allowed to Vote

Rasmussen, March 25, 2014

A federal judge last week upheld the right of states to require proof of citizenship before allowing someone to register to vote. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support such a requirement.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. That’s up from 71% a year ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement. {snip}

Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe laws that require proof of citizenship before allowing voter registration discriminate against such voters. But more than twice as many (61%) say such laws do not discriminate, up three points from 58% who felt that way in March of last year. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.


The federal judge’s ruling last week upheld laws enacted in Arizona and Kansas because federal voter registration forms do not include a proof of citizenship requirement. {snip}


In surveys since June 2006, voters have been just as adamant in their support of laws that require voters to prove their identity at the polls before being allowed to vote. Fifty-nine percent (59%) do not believe photo ID laws discriminate against some voters.


Only 17% think it is too hard to vote in the United States. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think it’s too easy to vote in America today.


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  • Puggg

    The other 22% mumbled something in Spanish.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The other 22% said they couldn’t comment because they were having a busy day at Democratic Party headquarters.

      • dcc2379

        Reminds me of a joke. 71% percent of Democrats stated they’ve had sex in the shower. The other 29% haven’t been to prison yet.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Important semantic point: when 78% of the people favor a policy, that makes favoring the policy the “moderate position”. Please do not allow anyone to call it extremist. That is an attempt to scare away the low information voter, and it’s done on a number of issues. Embrace the moderate mantle!

    • haroldcrews

      It makes those who oppose Voter ID the extremist.

    • DonReynolds

      The reason moderates are painted as extremists is very simple…….extremists are not permitted to speak in public, or on tv/radio, or get quoted in the newspaper. This means that the vast majority of those who are moderate……which is the compromise position……becomes an extreme view…..because the real extremists are excluded from public debate.

  • sbuffalonative

    Does it matter what the majority wants anymore?

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      It will only matter when the majority becomes brown. Then the gubmint will be all ears to demands by the new majority for ever more gubmint freebies and control, just like a bona fide third-world nation.

      • DonReynolds

        It does not matter what the majority wants because the majority is not causing the change in this country nor are they the people who will push back against that change. During American Revolution, the revolutionaries was probably never more than 25% of the people. Another 25% remained loyal to the British Crown. But half or more of the people just wanted to stay out of the conflict altogether. So do not wait for the majority to join you, they never will. It does not take a majority to win.

  • sbuffalonative

    ‘Only 17% think it’s too hard to vote’.

    Only? Does the reporter believe it should be higher?

    I hate to parse words and nitpick but I read every article and poll for bias.

  • Luca

    Is common sense making a comeback or did someone just word the questions wrong?

    • I like to hope people are waking up. Crossing my fingers.

  • Two states on the side of common sense. Forty-nine more to go. I have to show a photo ID to make a credit card purchase at Goodwill, so why not on election day.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Hell, I’m required to have my photo ID when I get a local bus and use my senior card to save 65 cents.

      • In Missouri you have to show it to buy canned compressed air duster. Eighteen being the minimum age. Several years back, when I bought it for the first time after the law was enacted, (and I didn’t know it was), I was shocked. I felt halfway inconvenienced but halfway pleased that someone thought that at least based on my appearance I could have been under 18.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Happens to everyone – that day when you realize that they don’t card you anymore.

        • DonReynolds

          In Arkansas, you must show a photo ID to get a fishing license. Out of state costs a bit more. I got mine. The Mexican behind me said he did not have any proof of residency or identification, except from Mexico, so what did the POS at Wal-Mart do? Took his word for it and issued him a in-state fishing license with no ID whatsoever. Yeah, I said something about it.

  • dd121

    Our leftist elites who make up maybe 2% don’t want to check IDs. As they decree, so it shall be.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The faceless bureaucrats in Washington have decided to turn the country into Mexico del Norte. They know what’s best for the common man, because they have transcended the parochialism of ethnoracial and national allegiances and have become transnational. That means they’re morally superior to us and can do whatever they want. Of course, the US is still a representative democracy, which is why you don’t get to have a say in any of this.

      • Nancy Thomas

        No….they can afford to hide in gated communities while the rest of us have to deal with the violent diversity.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I was in Texas on a recent business trip–they were holding a statewide election and REQUIRED ID to vote.

    Texas, unlike too many other places in the USA, want honest elections with a minimum of fraud…and winners and losers based upon ideas and issues…..

    • dcc2379

      You racist SOB. Everyone knows blacks are too stupid to get IDs to vote. Don’t give me those lame excuses that blacks have IDs for welfare, jobs, government programs, school, insurance, to buy alcohol, to drive a car, to open a bank account, etc. etc. etc. This is just a racist attempt to prevent people from voting. The only way to have a fair, honest election is to let anyone and everyone vote by taking their word. We also know no one would ever file an absentee ballot and then vote in person. Illegals know they’re illegal, which is why they might accidentally register to vote but claim to be illegal when called for jury duty.

      • DonReynolds

        Ha Ha……you funny man.

  • MekongDelta69

    What’s WRONG with this headline?:
    “78% Favor Proof of Citizenship Before Being Allowed to Vote”

    That means 22% DON’T.

    When I grew up, that number would have been 99.999999%. (There was always some homeless drunk in every neighborhood, who had no clue about anything.)

    • dcc2379

      You used to live next to a Kennedy?

  • IstvanIN

    I have seen obviously old people carded in the supermarket when buying beer and wine. I don’t drink so I don’t have to worry about that one. Until I was forced into getting one I had a devil of a time purchasing allergy medicine with a non-photo driver’s license. Check into a hotel, show a photo ID. It is life these days. Cigarette purchases require a photo ID up until close to 30 in NJ. But not for voting? Absurd.

  • Nancy Thomas

    I had to laugh outloud when that idiot Biden recently bleated that voter ID laws are “racist.”
    Funny thing, those very same people have no problem locating an ID when they want access to food stamps and welfare and section 8 housing and medicaid and free educations and free medical care and free school lunches!

  • “But more than twice as many (61%) say such laws do not discriminate”

    I wonder if it’s a coincidence that 61% is really close to the 63% of the US population that is non-Hispanic White.

    Normally, I can at least understand what the other side is thinking, even if I think they’re stupid, but I don’t even understand the thought process behind thinking that voter ID discriminates against people. They have four years between presidential elections to get an ID. How hard can it be?

    • dd121

      I don’t think the libs really believe that. They’re just using it as a device to get their political way. Kind of like their using an “endangered” mouse to prevent the building of a dam. They don’t really care about the mouse.

  • dd121

    And… the Liberian constitution forbids whites from becoming citizens

    • benvad

      That is true, they discriminate against whites.

  • I have a theory why Canada can get away with photo ID and doesn’t have much if any voter fraud.

    Consider in America who does voter fraud (Democrat-leaning minority groups), for whose benefit (the Democrat Party if the objective is to beat the Republican, or the non-white Democrat if the objective is to beat the white Democrat), and where it takes place (Bell Curve Cities or Aztlan).

    I think the reason why voter fraud doesn’t happen in Canada and why provisions to prevent it aren’t massively opposed by the left is because Canada has a parliamentary system. Parliamentary districts (Ridings) where the left wing voting minorities are are Ridings where the left wing party candidate will always win by big margins anyway. Why engage in voter fraud for the NDP (if that’s the dominant left wing party in Canada) in a Riding that the NDP candidate will win with 70% of the vote anyway? For what, for the NDP person to win with 71% or 72%? Marginal Ridings are ones with too many honest white eyeballs looking on, preventing fraud from happening.

    Unlike south of the 49th, where there are lots of elections where fraud can make the crucial difference, any election that is statewide, and some others. If, in a given Presidential election, it all comes down to Ohio, then black voter fraud in the black sections of Cleveland and Cincinnati (hence, Melowese Richardson) can out and outright determine who does and does not get to be President of the United States. It can also swing Senate elections, Governor elections, and others.

    Unlike in Canada, where the head of state is purely a parliamentary creature.

  • IKE

    This stuff is not rocket science . . . . whoever suggest ID’s not necessary should be jailed

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    After being out of school for 30 years my math skills are admittedly a bit shaky, but do I understand this right – 78% want citizenship verification, and 61% think that is not discriminatory. Does that mean 17% think it is discriminatory and either don’t care or want to discriminate? Are we finally making some progress?

  • DonReynolds

    Voter ID laws are supposed to discriminate!
    They are supposed to keep someone from impersonating another person on the voter list.
    They are supposed to keep someone from voting who is not eligible by law to vote at all.
    They are supposed to keep someone from voting in a district or jurisdiction that they do not live in.
    Yes, Voter ID laws are intended to discriminate, allowing only those who are eligible and on the voter list to vote on election day.

  • DonReynolds

    We have required a government-issued photo ID to vote in Arkansas for years and the Feds have never bothered to challenge it…..nor does it make the news. Seems weird, like they just want to ignore some states that have Voter ID laws.

    • Arkansas is a red state.

      The Feds-DOJ-Holder-Obama tend to challenge anti-voterfraud legislation in states that are either currently swing states or states that are currently red but are trending in the direction of being swing states. They don’t care if North Dakota has no voter fraud.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    “…And 59 percent don’t think photo ID laws discriminate…”

    And the remaining 41% benefit from ID related fraud.


    “…And 59 percent don’t think photo ID laws discriminate…”

    The whole idea of photo ID is to discriminate: to discriminate between those on the voter rolls and those who are not.