oters continue to feel that their vote counts.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters finds that 78 percent think one person’s vote really matters. That’s down only slightly from a high of 83 percent five years ago. Sixteen percent disagree and say a person’s vote doesn’t matter.
Just 4 percent say they personally have been illegally denied the right to vote. Ninety-five percent have not been denied their right to vote.
Fourteen percent of blacks say they have been illegally denied their right to vote, compared to 2 percent of whites and 5 percent of other minority voters. Sizable majorities of all three groups agree that one person’s vote matters, with whites the strongest believers.
Critics of laws requiring voters to show photo identification before voting insist that they’re discriminatory and deny certain voters their rights. But a plurality (47 percent) of all voters says ineligible people being allowed to vote is more common than eligible voters being kept from voting. Thirty-eight percent say it's more common for eligible voters to be denied their right to vote.