Eighty-four percent of voters nationwide would support a new federal law to ensure every eligible citizen’s right to have their ballot counted and included in the totals of votes, and 85% of voters would support a law to ensure that officials cannot influence election procedures to benefit a particular candidate or political party, according to a new poll commissioned by Secure Democracy and Protect Democracy.
The poll, conducted by Republican pollster Chris Perkins of Ragnar Research Partners, also found strong bipartisan support for increasing election infrastructure funding, as well as federal policies that would: create uniform policies related to the secure storage of ballots; protect election officials from intimidation; and allow the U.S. Department of Justice to send observers to prevent interference with the counting of votes.
Among the key findings, there is broad, bipartisan support for:
The poll also clearly showed that voters are concerned about the increased threats to election officials and workers:
“There is clear bipartisan support for laws that protect election officials and the election results from partisan interference and intimidation,” said Chris Perkins of Ragnar Research Partners. “Americans across the political spectrum support legislation that ensures the results of a free and fair election are upheld and improves the security of our election systems.”
“Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike are clear that they value integrity and accountability when it comes to protecting our voting systems,” said Sarah Walker, executive director of Secure Democracy. “Congress must listen to the American people and take action to prevent further partisan interference in our elections and protect our election officials so that every American can exercise their freedom to vote and have confidence that their vote will count.”
“Strengthening elections and preventing election subversion are not partisan issues or controversial proposals,” said Jessica Marsden, Counsel at Protect Democracy. “Voters want Congress to put their voices first and ensure their ballots are counted fairly and transparently, regardless of which party is in power.”
Commissioned by Secure Democracy and Protect Democracy, the Ragnar Research Partners poll of 2,000 likely voters across the United States was conducted July 6, 2021 through July 13, 2021 via live callers to landlines and cellphones and has a margin of error of +2%.
The full memo from Ragnar Research Partners can be found here.