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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2021 

Contact: Prudence Robertson, (240) 672-2828 

Poll Shows Support for Photo I.D. Protections and Banning ‘Ballot Trafficking’ Transcends Party Affiliation, Race, Education Level & Ideology

Washington, D.C.A poll commissioned by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and conducted by pollster Scott Rasmussen today finds that voter integrity proposals, including those recently vetoed by Governor Tony Evers, have broad bipartisan support from Wisconsin voters. The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted from August 22-28 and consisted of equal numbers of Biden and Trump voters.

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National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

“Make no mistake, today’s poll confirms that Wisconsin voters believe in free and fair elections where it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat. Unfortunately, Governor Evers has enthusiastically vetoed several proposals to establish a secure and transparent voting process every voter can trust, including commonsense photo I.D. protections. What radical Democrats like Evers know, but will never admit, is that voting-by-mail should never have fewer safeguards than voting-in-person – it’s simply common sense. While Evers is blocking voter integrity in Wisconsin, he wants to let congressional Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi nullify and override state election laws in an unprecedented federal takeover of elections via H.R. 1 and H.R. 4. The truth is that voter integrity protects the right to vote and have one’s ballot counted fairly and openly, but Governor Evers has acted defiantly in direct opposition to a bipartisan majority of Wisconsin voters.”

The WILL/Scott Rasmussen poll finds that photo I.D. protections and proposals to ban the practice known as ‘ballot trafficking,’ both of which were recently vetoed by Evers, are broadly supported by Democrats and Independents, minority voters, moderates, and voters of every education level.

84% of Wisconsin voters support requiring voters to show photo I.D. before voting: 96% GOP voters, 70% Democrat voters, 81% of Independent voters, 82% Minority voters, 86% Moderate voters, and strong majorities of every education level.

69% of Wisconsin voters favor a uniform photo I.D. requirement for mail-in voting, legislation which was recently vetoed by Evers: 86% GOP voters, 52% Democrat voters, 65% Independent voters, 65% Minority voters, 61% Moderate voters, and strong majorities of every education level.

65% of Wisconsin voters support a proposal that would make the process known as ‘ballot trafficking’ illegal, legislation which was recently vetoed by Evers: 79% GOP voters, 53% Democrat voters, 58% Independent voters, 52% Minority voters, 61% Moderate voters, and strong majorities of every education level.

The WILL/Scott Rasmussen poll further finds that voter integrity reforms are broadly supported by Governor Tony Evers’ base voters, including the reforms he recently vetoed.

“These findings suggest the Governor’s vetoes are likely to be a political liability in his bid for re-election. However, as always, the larger political environment may play a decisive role. Evers will clearly be at risk if the midterm elections take place in an environment hostile to Democrats,” Rasmussen wrote.

Among those with a favorable opinion of Evers, 82% favor uniform standards for correcting errors on absentee ballots; 69% want in-person absentee voting hours to be the same statewide; 59% want absentee ballots counted when they arrive; 52% favor requiring photo I.D. with mail-in ballots; and 51% support District Attorneys to investigate allegations of voter fraud in other counties.


47% of Wisconsin voters approve of the way that President Biden is performing his job. 51% disapprove, including 40% strongly disapprove.

  • Rasmussen: “It is important to note that this survey was conducted before the withdrawal from Afghanistan was completed. Several national surveys have shown a decline in the president’s approval ratings over the past week.”

Governor Tony Evers earns approval from 48% of Wisconsin voters. 47% disapprove, including 32% strongly disapprove.

36% of Wisconsin voters prefer a candidate supporting policies like those of President Trump. 23% favor Traditional Democratic policies; 18% would prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders; and 16% favor traditional Republican policies.

70% of Wisconsin voters are Very Motivated to vote in 2022. Nationwide, that figure is 58%.

  • Republicans have an enthusiasm advantage. 79% of GOP voters are Very Motivated. 68% of Democrats say the same along with 60% of Independents.
  • 83% of voters who prefer Trump-like policies are Very Motivated to cast a ballot in 2022. That’s higher than any other segment of the population.

44% of survey respondents cast their ballot for Joe Biden in 2020. An identical 44% voted for Donald Trump. 3% say they voted for some other candidate, 7% did not vote, and 2% are not sure.

  • Rasmussen: “The impact of the motivation gap is highlighted on this question. While the number of Biden and Trump voters is identical overall, among the Very Motivated Trump enjoys a 4-point advantage (50% to 46%).”

Margin of sampling error for full sample: +/- 3.1 percentage points.

The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat H.R. 1/S. 1 and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.