2021 Public Opinion Survey

According to Lee Hamilton, who represented the 9th congressional district of Indiana from 1965 to 1999 and served as the vice chairman of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, this divide poses a challenge to efforts to find legislative agreement in Congress.

“It may make it more difficult for Congress to reach negotiated compromises and instead may lead to legislative and policy gridlock,” said Hamilton. 

This year’s survey included a new question about voting regulations, which  indicated the largest partisan gap on the survey. Among Democrats, 86 percent said that voting “should be as easy as possible,” while only 14 percent said that voting “should be strictly regulated.” Meanwhile, 74 percent of Republicans endorsed strict voting regulations, while only 26 percent favored making it easier to vote.

"Which of the following comes closest to your beliefs about voting" data Infographic

“This partisan difference will make trying to enact voting procedures that both parties can agree on extremely difficult if not impossible,” said Carmines. 

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The survey findings are based on a nationwide survey of 1,000 respondents, conducted in November 2021 by YouGov, on behalf of the CES Planning Group and participating researchers across the country.

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