The Washington Times - August 13, 2013, 08:34AM

Half of North Carolina voters oppose their state’s new stringent voter-identification law, while only 39 percent support it, according to a recent Public Policy Polling poll.

The poll said voter-ID on its own is a popular concept with voters, but the Tarheel State’s bill is laden with so many extra measures that it is “a loser in voters’ eyes.”


Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed a law that requires voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. It also shortens early voting by a week, ends same-day registration and eliminates straight-party voting.

The law comes as Republicans and Democrats debate which needs more attention — combating voter fraud or expanding the right to vote.

The PPP poll found that only 33 percent of North Carolina voters support the decision to shorten the early voting period, versus 59 percent who are opposed.

Only 21 percent of voters support eliminating straight-party ticket voting, while 68 percent are opposed, the poll found.