The partisan divide over voting rights, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

Despite the party divide on the perception of voting, nearly all Americans – 94 percent – said that ‘it is important that people who are legally qualified to vote are able to cast a ballot’ 

By: - November 1, 2021 6:30 am

(Capital-Star file)

With voters set to cast their ballots on Election Day tomorrow, let’s take a look at Americans’ views of voting rights. 

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center from July 8-18, 2021 found that Americans were split along partisan lines over whether voting is a right or a privilege. 

While more than half (57 percent) of Americans said voting was “a fundamental right for every adult U.S. citizen and should not be restricted in any way,” 42 percent said “voting is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and can be limited if adult U.S. citizens don’t meet some requirements.”

The gap was much larger by party, Pew found. 

In fact, 67 percent of Republicans or those who lean Republican said that voting was a privilege compared to just 21 percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic who said the same. 

Similarly, 78 percent of Democrats, or those who lean Democratic, said that voting was a fundamental right compared to just 32 percent of Republicans, or those who lean Republican, who said the same. 

Despite the party divide on the perception of voting, nearly all Americans – 94 percent – said that “it is important that people who are legally qualified to vote are able to cast a ballot.” 

Additionally, 82 percent of Americans surveyed said that it was “very important.”

But views on voting also differed by demographics, according to Pew. 

Percentage of Americans by race and ethnicity who say voting is a ‘fundamental right’:

White … 51 percent

Black …. 77 percent

Hispanic … 63 percent

Asian … 66 percent 

 

Percentage of Americans by race and ethnicity who say voting is a ‘privilege’:

White … 48 percent

Black … 21 percent

Hispanic … 35 percent

Asian … 34 percent

 

Percentage of Americans by age range who say voting is a ‘fundamental right’:

Ages 18-29 … 64 percent

Ages 30-49 … 60 percent

Ages 50-64 … 52 percent

Ages 65 and older … 51 percent

 

Percentage of Americans by age range who say voting is a ‘privilege’:

Ages 18-29 … 36 percent 

Ages 30-49 … 39 percent

Ages 50-64 … 47 percent

Ages 65 and older … 47 percent

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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