Voters continue to support nonpartisan redistricting reforms added to state constitution,
and are very critical of politicians’ efforts to overturn will of voters
New polling released today by the Clean Missouri coalition shows voter support for the package of legislative reforms passed in November 2018 remains as strong as ever, including for components that have been targeted by politicians for repeal this year.
More than 1.4 million Missouri voters approved Amendment 1 at the ballot box, winning in every state senate district in the state.
“We saw in November, and again in this poll, that voters from across the political spectrum and from all walks of life support Amendment 1,” said Kevin Akins, Vice President at ALG Research. “Voters remain supportive of all of the Clean Missouri amendment’s core components, from fair redistricting reforms to government transparency.”
Highlights from the poll include:
- Amendment 1’s broad coalition of support remains strong. 61% of Missourians support the Clean Missouri amendment, which aligns with November 2018 electoral results.
- A plurality of Republicans (49%) support Amendment 1.
- Half of voters statewide are less likely to support a lawmaker who votes to overturn or repeal Amendment 1.
- Every pillar of the Clean Missouri package is supported by a majority of voters statewide.
- 62% of respondents said they support Amendment 1’s process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts to make future maps fair and competitive
- 93% of respondents said they support requiring legislative records and proceedings to be open to the public
“Amendment 1 passed in a landslide, but some politicians just aren’t getting the message. What part of YES do they not understand?” said Rod Chapel, president of Missouri State Conference of the NAACP. “We won’t sit idly by, and let a few politicians and lobbyists overturn the will of the people.”
The Clean Missouri Amendment created a new, fair redistricting process that took away the influence of lobbyists and insiders in crafting new maps. Missouri’s new redistricting system includes checks and balances to create districts where candidates will actually have to earn their votes, and rules that ensure no political party gets an unfair advantage in any new maps.
These findings are based on a statewide telephone poll of N=606 likely November 2020 voters in Missouri. Interviews were conducted between February 21-26, 2019 via landline and cellphone. The poll’s margin of error is ±3.98% with a 95% confidence level.