Conservative Republicans are the least likely Americans to say everything possible should be done to make voting easy for every single citizen, according to a late-October report from Pew Research Center.
While Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (84%) overwhelmingly say everything possible should be done to make it easy to vote, Republicans and GOP leaners are split: Nearly half (48%) say everything possible should be done to make it easy to vote, while 51% say citizens should have to prove they want to vote by registering ahead of time.
Only about a third of conservative Republicans (36%) favor doing everything possible to make it easy to vote, compared with a majority (65%) of moderate and liberal Republicans. (A report earlier this year, based on 2017 data, found that conservatives constituted a majority – 68% – of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters; moderates and liberals made up about a third of GOP voters, or 31%.)
More specifically, conservative Republicans are opposed to allowing voter registration at the polls on Election Day, as well as automatic voter registration.
Fewer than half of conservative Republicans support these steps (35% for Election Day registration, 45% for automatic registration), which receive majority support from Democrats, as well as moderate and liberal Republicans.
The group also stands alone as the only one whose majority (60 percent) approves of removing voters from the rolls if they have not voted recently or confirmed their registration, Pew Research found.