Fifteen percent (15%) of voters believe that people in prison for violent crimes should be allowed to vote. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 73% disagree while 12% are not sure.
Twenty-three percent (23%) of Democrats believe those in prison for violent crimes should be allowed to vote. That view is shared by 12% of Independent voters and 7% of Republicans (see crosstab results).
The survey found that 65% support allowing convicted felons to vote after they have served their time. And, 49% believe people imprisoned for “minor” crimes should be allowed to vote.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, opened a debate on this topic last week by saying the Boston Marathon Bomber should be allowed to vote even while imprisoned. Sanders and other Democratic presidential contenders have aggressively advocated a number of proposals supported by about 20% of the population (or less). By moving the party to the left, these 20-percenters are boosting President Trump’s hopes for re-election.
On other voting topics, 11% believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say the same for legal immigrants who are not citizens. Other data shows that eight-out-of-ten voters believe legal immigration is good for the United States. Eight-out-of-ten also believe illegal immigration is bad.
The public is evenly divided as to whether those who can’t read or write English should have the right to vote: 42% say yes and 39% no. There is also a divide about American citizens living permanently in other countries: 42% say they should be allowed to vote and 41% disagree.
If people have not paid their taxes, just 46% think they should be allowed to vote while 36% disagree.
Seventy-five percent (75%) say that those without a high school degree should be allowed to vote. Seventy-seven percent (77%) say the same about those who work for the federal government.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 26-27, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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