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New Voter ID Provisions Strongly Supported By North Carolina Voters

Despite the wailing and chest-thumping of the professional victimization industry, there is widespread support for the Voter ID provisions of a new law passed last month by the North Carolina General Assembly.

The HPU/News and Record Poll findings concerning McCrory and the legislature’s highly publicized achievement show high levels of support for parts of the law such as requiring government-issued photo ID to vote.

Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of respondents say they approve of the law’s requirement that voters show government-issued photo ID.

One can normally not find any topic getting 70% or higher among the voting public today. This level of support is a big blow to opponents of Voter ID laws in North Carolina and other states.

Some provisions of the law are not as popular, however.

Majorities of North Carolinians disapprove of the elimination of same-day registration (56 percent) and shortening of the time allotted for early voting from 17 to 10 days (55 percent).

There were no clear majorities either way on the elimination of straight ticket voting and raising limits on campaign contributions from $4,000 to $5,000.

A total of 45 percent of North Carolinians say that they approve of ending straight-ticket voting while 47 percent disapprove of that change. Forty-six percent of respondents approve of the increase in donations while 42 percent disapprove of the raised limits.

However, voters have Gov. Pat McCrory’s back in supporting basic Voter ID provisions of the new North Carolina law.


About Bruce Carroll

Bruce Carroll
Managing Editor for The Tar Heel Report, Bruce Carroll is also the North Carolina editor of WatchdogWire.com and a contributor at Ricochet.com. He also is the creator and Blogger-In-Chief at GayPatriot.org.

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