Conservatives’ poll says voters favor photo ID

By on January 10, 2011

A large majority of voters favor requiring photo identification at polling places, according to a poll commissioned by a conservative group.

The Civitas poll said that 72 percent of those polled said they strongly favored such a requirement.

Overall, the poll said, 83 percent supported the idea to some degree and 16 percent opposed it.

Republic leaders in the General Assembly have said they want to require voters to present a photo ID to prevent fraud. Opponents say it is not necessary and could exclude some voters.

The GOP now leads both chambers of the General Assembly and wants to pass legislation on voter identification in the first 100 days of the new session.

The Civitas poll reported that 99 percent of the people surveyed said they had a photo ID.

It was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, a Republic political affairs and public opinion research group. Civitas said 600 registered voters in North Carolina were surveyed and the margin of error was 4 percent.

The question: “Would you favor or oppose a law that requires voters to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, before being allowed to cast a vote in an election?”

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