Most Americans Think Voting Should Be Easy

The most recent news cycle hasn't significantly affected views on voting rights.
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Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election is “rigged” may have helped stoke fears about voter fraud, but Americans still strongly believe that the government should make it easy for people to vote, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll released Sunday.

Sixty-one percent of all Americans say that it should be the government’s goal to make voting easy, while just 24 percent say that it should not. A majority of both parties, as well as independents, agree, although the question isn’t without a partisan divide.

Democrats say by a 68-point margin, 80 percent to 12 percent, that the government should work to make voting easy; Republicans agree by a much slimmer 11-point margin, 51 percent to 40 percent. Independents fall in the middle, saying by a 28-point margin, 53 percent to 25 percent, that painless voting should be a goal, with the remainder unsure.

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Overall, views on many voting issues have remained relatively static. Americans say by a 17-point margin, 53 percent to 36 percent, that it’s more important to prevent voter fraud than it is to make sure that no one eligible to vote is prevented from doing so ― little changed from the 53 percent and 39 percent, respectively, who said the same in a May HuffPost/YouGov survey.

Opinions remain sharply divided by party. More than three-quarters of Republicans call combating voter fraud the higher priority, while a 58 percent majority of Democrats say that they’re more concerned with making sure everyone is able to vote.

Neither party holds the edge in public trust on issues related to voting. Americans are evenly divided, with 34 percent saying they trust the Democrats more, 32 percent that they trust the Republicans more, and the remaining 34 percent unsure.

Despite their concerns over voter fraud, Americans also remain generally supportive of proposals to make voter registration easier.

A 54 percent majority would support their state automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they go to the DMV, unchanged from last March, when Oregon became the first state to implement such a policy. Just 31 percent currently oppose the idea.

Forty-nine percent would favor their state allowing eligible citizens to register to vote on the day of an election, with 37 percent in opposition, down just modestly from the 55-33 split on the same proposal in the 2015 survey.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Oct. 20-Oct. 24 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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