Support overwhelming for voter ID laws

June 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Three in four Americans support requiring voters to show photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballots, a Rasmussen Reports poll indicated.

Results released Thursday indicate 75 percent of likely U.S. voters think voters should be required to show a photo ID, such as a driver's license. Eighteen percent said they oppose such a requirement.

Support for a voter ID requirement crosses party lines, Rasmussen Reports said. Eighty-five percent of Republicans support it, as do 77 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats.

A number of states have enacted the requirement.

By a 48 percent-to-29 percent margin, voters said they think letting ineligible people vote is a bigger problem than preventing legitimate voters from casting a ballot, Rasmussen Reports said.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Monday through Wednesday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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