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Most Turn Thumbs-Down on Mandatory Voting

Several countries including Australia have made voting compulsory, and California is considering a similar law that would penalize those who don’t vote. But voters nationally still don’t like that idea and tend to think worse government would be the end result.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters believe all Americans should be required to vote and be subject to penalties if they do not. Sixty-two percent (62%) oppose mandatory voting. This compares to 25% and 65% respectively the first time we asked this question in March 2015. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted February 10-11, 2020 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 survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted February 10-11, 2020 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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