— Leah Byers
North Carolina voters could soon have the chance to weigh in on adding a photo voter ID requirement to the state constitution.
House Bill 1092 is one of a series of constitutional amendments currently being considered by the General Assembly. It was passed by the House this week with a party-line vote of 74-43. If approved by the Senate, the measure will be on the ballot in November for voter approval.
How do North Carolinians feel about voter ID? A June 2018 Civitas Poll of likely voters found that 69 percent of respondents support the amendment, with 24 percent opposing and 7 percent saying that they were not sure.
The demographic breakdown of the results yields some unsurprising results.
Responses varied across the ideological spectrum, with a majority of conservatives (89 percent) and moderates (68 percent) expressing support.
Party affiliations contained a similar pattern, with Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly supporting the amendment at 92 and 78 percent respectively.
There were also significant differences across racial groups. A majority of white respondents (81 percent) supported the measure, while a majority of Hispanic voters (58 percent) opposed the measure and black respondents were essentially split.
Voter ID is often berated by the media as a racist ploy to suppress minority voters. That false narrative is likely fueling the divided opinions evidenced in the poll results.
The Left’s propaganda campaign to undermine this common sense method of protecting the integrity of our elections appears to have swayed public opinion among certain populations.
Check out the interactive chart below to explore the demographic breakdown of the poll results. You can drill down results by “category” then “group” for crosstab info. You can also view the complete crosstabs here.