Nearly half of all voters say they believe President Joe Biden and Major League Baseball should apologize to Georgia after last year’s controversy over the state’s new election integrity law.
That's according to Rasmussen Reports.
President Biden made the infamous claim that Georgia's new law was the "Jim Crow 2.0" and that Republicans were "trying to subvert our elections." Major League Baseball took a political stand in favor of Democrats and relocated its All Star Game from Georgia to protest the law, which-- contrary to false reports-- did not restrict voting and included provisions that expanded voting opportunities. Democrats and some in the media incorrectly reported the law would somehow make it more difficult for legal voters to vote.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of likely US voters say they disagreed with Biden’s comments, including 49% who "strongly disagreed" with Biden.
Meanwhile 38% said they agreed with Biden's claims and 22% "strongly agreed."
Despite Biden's sentiments, voter turnout in last month’s Georgia primary election after the law was passed increased rather than decreased.
Forty-six percent (46%) of likely voters say they believe the increased turnout proves that Biden was wrong about Georgia’s new election law.
Thirty percent (30%) say they don’t think the turnout proves Biden was wrong and another 23% were not sure.
Last year, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed into law the "Election Integrity Act of 2021."
Georgia was one of a handful of states that were hotly-contested by the Trump campaign, which claimed voting irregularities and fraudulent activity in the presidential election of 2020. Some irregularities were well-documented but brushed aside by authorities.
Critics argued that that the law, passed in the Republican-controlled Georgia state legislature after the challenged 2020 election, is a clear attempt to restrict access to voting.
Proponents argue that the laws restore integrity and accountability in the election system. Some of the changes include: voter identity verification on absentee ballots, limits on the use of controversial ballot drop boxes, expansion of in-person early voting, and shortening the timeframe for "runoff elections", among other changes.
Forty-eight percent (48%) say they believe Biden should apologize to Georgia for the comments he made, but 34% say they don’t think the president owes Georgia an apology. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.
Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters say they think MLB should apologize to Georgia, but 39% disagree and 13% say they are not sure.
(To see survey question wording, click here.)
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