MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 20: Election officials listen as procedural issues are argued during the process of recounting ballots from the November 3 election at the Wisconsin Center on November 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. President Donald Trump requested a recount of ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties in Wisconsin, hoping to overturn his narrow defeat in the state to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump's campaign paid the state $3 million to cover the cost of the recount, which began today and is scheduled to be finished by December 1. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

To increase people’s confidence in the results of the next presidential election, 90% of voters nationwide believed it is important to improve the process of voter registration, voting, and the counting of ballots. A Political IQ survey found that 65% believe such election reforms are Very Important.

While there are varying degrees of intensity, majorities of every measured demographic group say it is Very Important to improve the way that elections are conducted. That view is shared by 81% of Republicans, 58% of Independents, and 57% of Democrats.

Earlier Political IQ polling in Pennsylvania found strong bipartisan support for a range of significant reforms.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Pennsylvania voters believe that, prior to the election, government agencies should clean the voter registration files and remove the names of all who have moved or died. Seventy-five percent (75%) approve of requiring all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. Majorities also favor requiring photo ID’s for all ballots and a ban on ballot harvesting.

For states that struggled with the election process in 2020, Florida offers a sign of encouragement. Twenty years ago, the state’s election procedures resulted in “hanging chads” that clouded the results of the presidential election. This year, in contrast, Florida’s voting process went smoothly from beginning to end. 


The online survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from December 26-27, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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