posted by catherine / January 25, 2005 /

some heartening news this morning: 82% of people polled in a 1,000-person poll conducted by a nonpartisan group support voting rights for the district. and it extends across party lines, too: 77% of republicans supported it, as did 87% of democrats.

"The current war environment and discussion about spreading democracy around the world has an influence on people's thoughts when you ask them whether or not people in the U.S. capital should have voting rights," Richards said.

About 82 percent of survey respondents said the nearly 600,000 D.C. residents should have equal voting rights, after being told that District residents serve in the military and pay local and federal taxes but have no voting representative in the House or Senate. Support was strong among self-identified Republicans (77 percent) and Democrats (87 percent).

Thirteen percent said D.C. should not have full voting rights, and 5 percent said they did not know. Of those who opposed equal voting rights, 28 percent favored granting the District at least a vote in the House.

Richards acknowledged that the poll did not pose any counter-argument against representation, which is not provided for in the U.S. Constitution, and that the question's wording may have influenced the responses. But he said the percentage of Americans supporting equal representation has increased from 72 percent in 2000, when he conducted a survey for Bisconti Research Inc.


Who are these 13% that think we shouldn't have voting rights? (Other than members of congress) Have you ever heard a reasonable defense of that position? I don't know why this poll isn't 100% in favor of voting rights!

Posted by: susan on January 25, 2005 10:08 AM

i have no idea. the only reasons i've ever heard for people being against it (besides the fact that it's such a liberal city) is that it could "easily" be incorporated into maryland or virginia. ha ha. which is really funny.

Posted by: catherine on January 25, 2005 10:18 AM

In other news 90% of survey respondents favor an end to war and injustice.

It's the implementation that's the problem. it's easy to make people support voting rights in theory; in practice it represents a (slight) dilution of power for other legislators. And there's no reason for the republicans to hand a gift to the democrats, of course.


Posted by: tom on January 25, 2005 10:46 AM

I started to write a gruffy comment voicing Tom's skepticism, but figured that someone else could do the grunt work. It's crappy but as soon as you mention the addition of senators to DC, lots of people start introducing non-compromise compromises: retrocession (a stupid dead-end), only giving us House reps, and even matching our House reps with increased Republican House reps. It's awful.

Posted by: Kriston on January 25, 2005 11:05 AM

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