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Americans Strongly Support New Voting Rights Protections

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.
Key takeaways
  • Just half of Americans are hearing about the Freedom to Vote Act, though majorities support it when it is described.
  • Two in three say the Voting Rights Act is still needed, and an even greater share support strengthening it through the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
  • On the January 6th riot, vast majorities oppose the actions of rioters whether they are described without partisanship or as Trump supporters.

Two in Three Americans are Confident in Past and Future Ballots Being Counted Correctly and Fairly

Two in five independents and a majority of Republicans are not confident their future ballots will be counted correctly and fairly.

Three in Five Support the Freedom to Vote Act

Just half of Americans report hearing “a lot” or “some” about the Freedom to Vote Act, though three in five support it when explained.

Voting Rights Act Seen as Needed and Legislation to Further Protect It Is Broadly Supported

Across partisanship and racial groups, pluralities say the Voting Rights Act is still needed and support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to strengthen the VRA.

Vast Majorities Oppose the Actions of the Capitol Rioters, Whether Rioters are Partisan “Trump Supporters” or Not

Mention of “Trump supporters” versus simply a nonpartisan group of “rioters” does not affect levels of opposition.

Seven in Ten Support the Investigation into January 6th Riot

Among independents, two in three support the House investigation into the riot at the Capitol, as do nearly half of Republicans.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,001 registered voters conducted October 22-25, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 73 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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