No Republican in Congress supports a Democratic voting rights bill despite a majority of GOP voters supporting the legislation.
The People’s Law was passed in the House in March without a single Republican voting for it. The bill remains stuck in the Senate, where its potential for progress is unclear in part due to the unified Republican opposition. A poll released Monday by Democratic company Data for Progress found that a 69% majority of likely voters support the bill, including a 52% majority of Republicans. The bill is supported by 85% of Democrats and 70% of independent voters.
There is less support for certain provisions of the bill among Republicans. Support was weakest when the poll asked whether respondents supported a plan to “give every voter the opportunity to vote by mail”, with just 38% of Republicans supporting the provision, compared to 84% of Democrats. and 64% of the self-employed. A similar spread was seen when the poll asked questions about “restoring the right to vote to those convicted of crimes who have served their time,” which 38 percent of Republicans supported.
However, other key provisions of the bill were very popular among Republicans. A majority of 82% supported the proposal to “prevent foreign interference in the elections”, with 85% of Democrats and 82% of Independents agreeing. Another 80 percent of Republicans supported limiting “the influence of money in politics”, while 77 percent supported the provision to “modernize electoral infrastructure to increase electoral security.”
Other provisions which had majority support among Republicans provided for a “15-day advance voting period for federal elections” and an anti-gerrymandering provision that “would require all states to use non-partisan commissions to draw elections. congressional districts so that no party has an advantage. ” A plurality of just under 50% supported “same-day voter registration for all eligible voters” and “limit the purging of voters lists or removal of voters from registration lists”.
The poll was conducted online among 1,138 likely voters between April 16 and April 19. It has a 3 percent margin of error.
As Republican state lawmakers across the country push for bills that would restrict voting following repeated claims by former President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was decided by massive voter fraud, other recent polls have suggested a significant drop in Republican support for many proposals that would make the vote. Easier.
A poll released by the Pew Research Center found that support for voting for absentees “without excuse” fell to just 38% among GOP voters in April 2021, while a Republican majority of 57% supported the practice in October 2018. Republican support for automatic voter registration fell 11% over the same period, from 49% to 38%.
Newsweek contacted the Republican National Committee for comment.