Polling Roundup

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 and is filed under News

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Here are some interesting polls that have come out today:

Arkansas CD-4 congressional race

– A new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll shows Madison endorsee Tom Cotton and 2010 nominee Beth Anne Rankin deadlocked at 38.5%.  This is phenomenal news because Rankin has higher name recognition, and a poll in November showed Cotton with just 3% support.

Indiana Senate Poll

The last Howey/DePauw poll had Lugar up seven, 42 to 35.  Now Richard Murdouk, who us endorsed by the Madison Project, is up 42-41.  He clearly has the momentum headed into the election.

Voter ID Laws

Politico reports:

The vast majority of Americans believe that voter ID laws are necessary to stop fraud, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Indeed, 70 percent of Americans say they support voter identification measures “to stop illegal voting,” reports Fox News. Only 26 percent said that the laws were “unnecessary and discourage legal voting.”

A majority of Democrats (52 percent), independents (72 percent) and Republicans (87 percent) supported voter ID laws as necessary.

Further, 50 percent of Americans said that they believe opponents of voter ID laws were “trying to steal elections by increasing illegal votes by non-citizens and other ineligible voters,” compared to 45 percent who disagreed.

But respondents to the poll didn’t have the same suspicions regarding the motives of those who supported voter ID initiatives. 62 percent said they did not believe those who backed voter ID laws were trying to “steal elections by decreasing legal votes from minorities,” compared to 34 percent who said the opposite.

Republicans must push voter ID laws to protect the integrity of our democratic process.