Bucknell Poll: Most Americans Support Voter ID Laws and Term Limits | Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania – A new nationally representative survey from the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) shows that there is substantial support among Americans for universal voter identification laws and that court judges Supreme are serving sentences rather than life appointments.
Among other fundamental changes to the way elections are conducted in the United States, most ideas have proven to be overall unpopular or supported only along expected party lines.
Of the 1,000 respondents, around 65% are in favor of all citizens presenting a valid ID to vote, while 21% are against it and 15% do not support or oppose such a requirement . 65% were also in favor of Supreme Court justices serving for 15-year terms rather than being appointed for life, compared with 20% who opposed term appointments and 16% who did not. no opinion.
Responses to both questions largely broke with party lines, with 96% of Republicans versus 42% of Democrats supporting the voter identification requirement and 80% of Democrats and 42% of Republicans supporting term nominations for the voters. Supreme Court judges.
“Universal voter identification enjoys fairly consistent majority support across all kinds of demographic categories: white, black, and Hispanic; young, middle-aged and old; and across all income distribution categories, ”says Professor Chris Ellis, ’00, political science, co-director of the BIPP and director of the Bucknell Survey Research Laboratory.
Other changes related to the Supreme Court were not as popular. The fact that Supreme Court justices are appointed by a bipartisan panel rather than the US Senate received 39% support and 32% opposition. The increase in the size of the Supreme Court to 13 members saw 35% support and 40% opposition, with weak support from Independents and Republicans at 24% and 9% respectively.
“Having time-limited judges is more popular than other options – adding new judges or having judges appointed on a bipartite basis – to change the court,” Ellis said.
“The fact that term limits are likely unconstitutional does not prevent the public from thinking that the lifespan of judges is a bad idea. Adding judges, on the other hand, will likely be a loser for Democrats, even if they could, because independents hate the idea, ”Ellis added.
Following two recent presidential elections in which the winner of the popular vote did not win the Electoral College (2000, 2016), the highly controversial issue of the abolition of the Electoral College and its replacement by a national system of popular vote also received majority support. at 51 percent overall, with 36 percent opposing the idea.
The survey found that 80% of Democrats supported the idea compared to 40% of Republicans, a result the researchers anticipated since the two popular vote winners who lost the White House were Democratic candidates.
The nation was widely divided over banning individuals and organizations from contributing to political campaigns, with 41% supporting, 32% opposing and 27% neither supporting nor opposing it.
Support was fairly consistent across party lines with 42% of Democrats, 44% of Independents, and 33% of Republicans supporting the idea respectively.
Other electoral reform proposals were less popular. Only 19% of those polled supported granting the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds, while 15% supported increasing the age required to legally vote to 25. The idea of weighting more heavily the votes of younger Americans (under 35) than older Americans (those over 65) received even lower support at 9 percent, while only 5 percent supported granting additional votes in national elections to parents according to the number of children they have.
“The changes to alter who votes and how voters are counted and / or weighted are very unpopular,” Ellis said. “The public appetite for truly radical changes to the electoral system is very low.
The survey also found that Americans are more supportive of the state of Puerto Rico (46%) than the state of the District of Columbia (42%), and 40% of those polled support the elimination. systematic obstruction, including 65% of Democrats against 9% of Republicans.
Interviews for the survey were administered by YouGov for the BIPP Survey Research Laboratory from May 21 to 27.