Survey finds majority of US adults say voting is not a privilege but a right, with a partisan gap

A new survey from Pew Research Center suggests half of Americans believe voting is a right, while the other half believes it is a privilege.

57 percent of voters, 78 percent leaning Democrat, believe voting is “a fundamental right for every adult U.S. citizen and should not be restricted in any way.” Whereas 42 percent, 67 leaning Republican, believe “voting is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and can be limited if adult U.S. citizens don’t meet some requirements.” The partisan gap mirrors America’s political divide regarding the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

While Democrats accepted the controversy regarding early and mail-in voting, many Republicans continue to question election integrity. Americans are also divided on whether or not illegal immigrants should get to vote, as many advocates have called for. In the survey, nearly all Americans believe in the importance of voting if legally qualified.

The research center’s report reads, “The survey, conducted July 8-18, 2021, also finds a rare point of partisan agreement when it comes to the importance of all qualified citizens being allowed to vote. However, there are sizable differences in confidence about whether this is happening – and even wider differences in confidence in whether people not legally qualified to vote are prevented from voting.”

In total, 87 percent of Republicans are confident eligible Americans can vote while 69 percent of Democrats are confident in this ability. These results speak to current US legislation, as Republican lawmakers propose election bills to decrease room for fraud and Democrats claim the efforts are a form of voter suppression.



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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