24% Support DC Statehood

Twenty-four percent (24%) of voters nationwide favor granting statehood to Washington, DC. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 49% preferred giving some of the land in DC back to Virginia and Maryland. That would give residents of the city voting rights while still preventing any one state from having an unfair advantage over the others. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which approach is better.

On Thursday, Scott Rasmussen’s Podcast will explore how this issue might help Republicans retain control of the Senate.

Very Liberal voters, by a 43% to 32% margin favor DC statehood over the alternative. However, in every other measured demographic group, more voters supported returning the land to Virginia and Maryland. Black voters were nearly evenly divided (38% prefer giving the land back, 35% would rather see DC statehood).

The survey found that just 46% of voters don’t believe it’s fair for DC residents to lack a voting representative in Congress.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 2-4, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 129 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.


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