Monmouth national poll shows support for early voting, photo IDs on Election Day, but less support for expanded mail-in voting

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Early voting and photo IDs on Election Day have the support of most Americans in a Monmouth University national poll released Monday, with the public split over expanding voting by mail and a third of the nation believing voter fraud was the reason Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump.

More than six in ten Americans (61%) say Biden’s victory was fair and square, but 32% argue voter fraud put the Democrat in the White House. Yet 16% of those who think Biden won fraudulently say it’s time for the nation to move on, while 14% will never accept Biden as president.

Among Republicans, 36% say Biden won fairly while 57% say he did not.

“The poll contains seemingly conflicting information about voter access. The bottom line seems to be that most Democrats and Republicans want to take the possibility of the election results being questioned off the table,” Patrick said. Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “The problem, however, is that they are not likely to agree on how to get there.”

In the United States, two-thirds of the population consider voter fraud a problem, with 37% saying it is a major problem and 32% calling it a minor problem. Half of the nation (50%) see disenfranchisement as a major problem and 26% as a minor problem, with 20% of Americans saying it is not a problem at all.

“The disenfranchisement of eligible voters is theoretically a bigger concern than voter fraud, but the significant number of Americans who cling to the idea that fraud determined the 2020 election poses an intractable challenge for reach a public consensus on access to the vote,” Murray said.

Half of the nation (50%) also think mail-in voting should be simplified, but 39% say it should be stricter. But 71% think early voting should be easier and 16% think it should be harder.

Most Americans (60%) support national guidelines for mail-in ballots and early voting for each federal election date, while 25% oppose them.

Nationally, 80% support a law that requires voters to show photo ID when they vote, and only 18% oppose it.
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