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Most Americans Support the Freedom to Vote Act

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • A majority of Americans support the Freedom to Vote Act.
  • Making voter intimidation illegal, requiring “dark money” groups to disclose their donors, setting national standards for voter validation, ensuring access to voting by mail, and ending gerrymandering are top Freedom to Vote Act proposals.
  • Framing reforms in the Freedom to Vote Act as expanding voter access, rooting out corruption, and making Washington “work for us” are most convincing.

Two in Three Continue to Say Major Changes Are Needed in the Way Our Government Works

At least three in five Americans across partisanship, race, and ethnicity say we need to make major changes in how our government works.

Three in Four Agree Their Vote Can Make a Difference and Have an Impact in Elections

Democrats are significantly more likely to feel that their vote can make a difference and have an impact in elections than independents or Republicans.

While Two in Three Are Confident In Past and Future Ballots Being Counted, Most Republicans Disagree

Among independents, three in five say they are confident their past ballots were counted correctly and believe the same of future ballots; only two in five Republicans say the same of each.

Half of Americans Have Heard of the Freedom to Vote Act and a Majority Support It

More than half of Americans support the Freedom to Vote Act, though a third initially say they are “not sure” without description of the legislation.

Most Americans Support the Freedom to Vote Act With or Without Partisan Cues

The difference, however, is driven mostly by Republicans (25% support with Biden, 41% without).

Banning Voter Intimidation, Requiring Donor Disclosure Are Most Supported Proposals In the Freedom to Vote Act

Each of the twelve proposals tested that are part of the Freedom to Vote Act earned majority support overall and among independents.

Range of Messages About Voter Access, Corruption, Making Washington “Work for Us” Effective on Voter Reforms

The least compelling of a range of messages is one that focuses on the bill being a compromise bill between Republicans and Democrats: it is the least convincing message to Democrats, independents, and Republicans.

A Majority Continues to Support Filibuster Elimination

Two in five independents (43%) and one in three Republicans (33%) support eliminating the filibuster.

Americans More Likely to Support Eliminating Filibuster To Pass Range of Policies

Two in five independents say they would be more likely to support eliminating the filibuster if it meant that an economic plan and the Freedom to Vote Act could be passed. Nearly two in five Republicans say the same of the economic plan.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted September 23-27, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 101 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 101 independents without a partisan lean, and 77 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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