Poll: Voter Fraud Paranoia Officially Bipartisan

When it comes to passing laws that make it harder for specific constituencies to vote, Republicans have a near-monopoly. As we’ve detailed extensively, the last 12 months has seen a flood of voter I.D. legislation, almost all of it geared at combatting the non-existent problem of in-person voter fraud (you have a greater chance of seeing a UFO).

But paranoia about voter fraud, it turns out, is a truly bipartisan affliction. Public Policy Polling, which apart from being a reliable pollster in its own right has a knack for asking large samples of voters totally random questions we were always curious about, asked voters in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio whether they were concerned about voter fraud this November. Here’s Florida:

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And here’s what happens when you ask about Republicans. The roles are mostly reversed, except interestingly self-identified moderates seem less worried about Democratic voting fraud than actual liberals:

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Those trends hold for Ohio and North Carolina too. The takeaway from all of this, as ever, is that we’re all slowly going insane.

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