Polls Show Majority of Americans Support Bringing a Photo ID to Vote

Sergie Daez | April 5, 2021
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Big corporations like Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball (MLB) are outraged by Georgia’s new voting law, which states that voters can only vote if they provide a photo ID. However, many Americans fail to see anything wrong with one of the requirements of the new regulation. 

According to the Washington Examiner, an Associated Press (AP) poll revealed that 72 percent of its takers favored providing a photo ID before being able to vote. In the state of Georgia itself, 74 percent of voters who took a UGA/AJC (University of Georgia/Atlanta Journal Constitution) poll indicated that they supported bringing photo IDs to the voting stands as well.

Other polls share similar results. In an Economist/YouGov poll, supporters of “requiring a photo ID as a means to vote by absentee ballot” outnumbered the opposition by 25 percent. Another poll conducted by Selzer & Company and Grinnell College resulted in 56 percent favoring voter identification, with 36 percent against the measure. 

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Voter identification has had widespread approval even before 2021. Pew Research reported that 77 percent of voters supported presenting a photo ID before voting in 2012, with 80 percent showing the same mindset in 2006.

It would seem that several big corporations are out of touch with their customer base. They’d better tone down their protests if they want to keep making money.