Ninety percent of Americans who say they're likely to vote think it's important to stop election fraud, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. Seventy-four percent support voter ID requirements, and 60% say those opposed to those requirements just want to make it easier to cheat in elections – although most say that wasn't a major problem in 2020.
In an interview with American Family News, Gary Bauer of American Values says the survey results poke holes in the narrative from Democrats and mainstream media that only a few conspiracy theorists believe something may have been amiss in the last election.
"It's been amazing for the media to act like this is some sort of made-up story," Bauer begins. "But now this polling data confirms what we already knew: Americans have seen cheating, they may have experienced problems themselves when they tried to cast a vote, or perhaps they have seen it in local and state elections."
It's not just the media's reaction to alleged voter fraud that caught Bauer's attention. Recently, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened anyone involved in forensic voting audits with fines or even prison. Bauer argues that for an administration that claims they were legitimately elected and insists that there was no cheating that affected the election, they sure do act as if they're guilty.
"For the attorney general of the United States to poke his nose in this and actually put people in jail if they keep trying to challenge some of these results, that's over the top," he insists. "And it sure looks like the actions of an administration that's worried about what audits might find."
The longtime conservative activist sees an opportunity for Republicans – if they can muster the political will.
"If conservative state legislators introduce legislation that installs voter ID, I think it's going to be very difficult [for the politicians in those state legislatures] to vote against that," he says.
The Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted early last week.