Sunday, August 07, 2016

255.8 - White support for voter photo ID increases when shown blacks voting

White support for voter photo ID increases when shown blacks voting

As a sort of Footnote to that and since  I was talking earlier about voter ID, it's worth noting a study from a couple of years ago that make a related point which is still valid.

The study was done in 2014 by the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication. It found that sixty-seven percent of white Americans support voter ID laws.

But if the question was accompanied by a photo of a black person using a voting machine, support jumped to 73 percent. The change was called modest but statistically significant, meaning it represented a real shift.

Asking the question together with a photo of a white person at a voting machine or with no image at all made no difference in the level of support. Only showing the black person had an effect.

And no, it did not "go both ways." The three different examples, the two images and no image, made no difference in the degree of support for voter ID given by blacks or Hispanics.

Just a reminder. And another reason why Joseph Curtatone is a hero.

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