Voters in Virginia overwhelmingly support a series of proposals aiming to strengthen election integrity, such as photo identification (Voter ID), strict signature verification, bans on ballot harvesting and drop boxes, and more. A new CD Media Big Data Poll conducted among likely gubernatorial election voters in the Old Dominion finds a total 80.5% back laws “requiring all voters to provide photo identification to cast a vote,” while a paltry 11.4% oppose it and 8.1% are unsure.
That broad coalition includes 83% of white voters, 69% of black voters, 78.9% of Hispanic voters, 89.1% of Asians and 83.4% identifying with other races. By party, voter ID is backed by 71.2% of Democrats, 90.8% of Republicans and 78.3% identifying as Independent/Other.
“Signature verification, or the matching of voters’ signatures to driver’s license or an official voter registration card” was backed by 72.6%, to include 46.6% who strongly support it. Once again, large majorities of voters identifying with each party and racial demographic group support the verification procedure.
“Once again, we have found a deep disconnect between voters’ views on election reform and what is portrayed in the media,” Big Data Poll Director Rich Baris, said. “Very small minorities with a disproportionately loud voice in media and the political process look to sow division over issues that enjoy widespread agreement.”
“Frankly, it’s sad and tragic.”
In fact, voters in Virginia express broad support for lesser known proposals facing similar opposition, while rejecting others that have been advanced by many states. A majority, 56.7%, support “bans on ballot harvesting and drop boxes,” rejecting “the practice of allowing non-government third parties to collect and deliver ballots not belonging to them.”
Fairfax County has already signaled that it will not only take days before they report results in full, but also the total number of votes cast countywide in the upcoming statewide election. But 71.1% would support the imposition of “Election Day deadlines for officials to report the total number of votes cast in their precincts/counties,” to include 45.9% who strongly support the proposal.
The CD Media Big Data Poll in Virginia was sponsored by CD Media and conducted by Big Data Poll, interviewing 1,061 likely voters statewide via online survey panel from October 16 to October 20, 2021. The survey sampling error is ± 3.0% at a 95% confidence interval. Results were weighted to represent statewide voter file demographics to include gender, age, race and region. The partisan breakdown of the survey was 35.6% Democratic, 34.4% Republican, 22.8% Independent and 7.2% Other. It’s important to note that sampling errors for subgroups are higher.
|White (NOT Hispanic)||70.30%|
|Black / African American||19.50%|
|Hispanic / Latino||4.20%|
|American Indian / Alaska Native||0.60%|
|Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander||0.40%|
|1st District: Rep. Rob Wittman (R)||10.00%|
|2nd District: Rep. Elaine Luria (D)||8.50%|
|3rd District: Rep. Bobby Scott (D)||8.20%|
|4th District: Rep. Donald McEachin (D)||8.80%|
|5th District: Rep. Bob Good (R)||9.20%|
|6th District: Rep. Ben Cline (R)||9.20%|
|7th District: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D)||10.70%|
|8th District: Rep. Don Beyer (D)||8.40%|
|9th District: Rep. Morgan Griffith (R)||7.90%|
|10th District: Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D)||10.40%|
|11th District: Rep. Gerry Connolly (D)||8.70%|