Strong majority oppose REAL ID - 172 participants

Mar 05, 2015

Aimed at making it tougher for terrorists to evade detection, REAL ID standards dictate the information and security measures that should be included in state driver's licenses. The first phase of implementing the standards started last January, but as yet NH has made no move to comply. A bill recently rejected by the Senate Transportation Committee would have changed that, giving NH drivers the option of getting a REAL ID-compliant license. In the wake of the vote, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked its Facebook members to share their thoughts on the question, "Should NH act to comply with federal "REAL ID" standards?"

“Should NH act to comply with federal "REAL ID" standards?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

REAL ID NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 172 participants gave 488 responses

A total of 67% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 23% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 172 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 488 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 87% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to complying with REAL ID standards.

  • “Just another way to take away our privacy and freedom.”
  • “Our IDs are just fine.”
  • “We do not need a national ID.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 13%, were in favor of complying with REAL ID standards.   

  • “I should have the right to get the ID if I want to.”
  • “I think the state should offer it, but be voluntary.”
  • “It will make life so much easier for us commercial drivers.”

Other: As noted above, 33% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Privacy: "What is it that you believe the federal government doesn't already know about you?"
  • Timing: "I don't see a compelling reason to hurry with this." 

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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