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65% Oppose Voting Rights for Felons in Prison

Maine and Vermont are currently the only two states where a convicted felon can vote while he or she is still in prison, but with a new bill introduced in February, New Jersey may soon be added to that list. Most voters don’t feel that’s right, but Democrats and black voters are more receptive to it than others.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor letting incarcerated felons vote in their state. Sixty-five percent (65%) are opposed, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 1 and 4, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 1 and 4, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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