Back in March, New Yorker Jane Mayer took the note of adviser Mitch McConnell, with personal wailing in a call with conservative leaders that the Democrats’ massive electoral bill was The People Act was explored quite well “when presented with a very unbiased explanation” of it. “People are generally supportive,” the consultant said.
The new Progress Survey, made as part of a partnership with Vox, backs up that assessment. The survey surveyed 1138 voters nationwide between April 16 and April 19, and found what the 800-page bill claims to do is overwhelmingly popular.
More than 80 percent of respondents said they supported prevention of foreign interference in elections, limiting the influence of money in politics, and modernizing electoral infrastructure to increase electoral security. More than 60% of respondents are encouraged to require a commission to delegate a non-partisan, 15-day voting period for all federal elections, same-day registrations for voters. All Voting Rights Automatic voter registration for all voters and gives every voter the option to vote by letter.
Of course, there are some caveats. The opinion polls present these questions without suggesting which party supports which proposal. Indeed, one of the questions addressed the party – about whether Democrats should change Senate rules so that they can pass the zoning reform without the support of Republicans. Has been divided more closely (Forty-seven percent of respondents said they supported this, and 42 percent said they disagreed.)
The question also does not highlight Republicans’ preferred arguments. For example, Republicans will highlight concerns that automatic same-day registrations could allow those who are not eligible to vote, which could potentially cause voters to vote. Responding to surveys, some people were more concerned about these offers.
And other parts of the bill that were not asked in this survey, such as the statute restrictions on voter IDs. (It will allow non-identity voters to submit an oath to verify their identity) and the creation of a public financial system to meet small donations. There can be more conflicts, voter ID requirements are generally polled fairly well, and public financing often does poor polls.
The poll also asked about competing re-zoning reform proposals that are not covered by the Citizens Act – a proportional standardization that if any party gets about half of the vote in the state, it should be able to get an estimated seat. Half (I recently wrote about the discussion among Democrats about the idea.) This is less supported than the other provisions above, but is still supported by 51 percent of survey respondents, with 34. Percentage said they do not agree with this.
In any case, the Democrats’ problem with legislation for the people is not elections. But it’s a matter of the Senate Director. A near-party-voted bill in the House would require more than 60 voters to pass the Senate. Since there appears to be no support from Republicans, activists are arguing that the Senate should change the rules in order for the bill to pass. But moderate Democrats don’t want to do this.
One key holder, Joe Manchin, told me in a recent profile that he fears that sending a massive ballot bill in the party line will split the country further. He argued that 20 to 25 percent of residents did not trust the system, and that the overhaul of the party line would “guarantee” that the number would increase, leading to a “increase in the number of people”. “Anarchism” grew like that at City Hall on January 6, he added, “I just believe with all my heart and soul, that’s what will happen and I’m not going to be a part of it.”
The Citizens Act cannot pass the Senate unless he changes his mind.