WASHINGTON (AP) – According to AP VoteCast, a national survey of voters, voters ranked pandemic and economy as the top concern in the race between President Donald Trump and rival Democrats Joe Biden.
Voters in particular are likely to call the public health crisis the nation’s most important problem, with the economy closely behind. Little-named health care, racism, law enforcement, immigration or climate change.
After eight months and 232,000 people dead, the candidates were faced with an unhappy voter. Many voters reported that they have personally been affected by the virus. About 6/10 said the country was on the wrong direction.
The survey shows that Trump’s leadership plays a large part in voter decision-making. Nearly two-thirds of voters said their vote was in Trump’s favor – for him or against him.
Below is a snapshot of who voted and what’s important to them, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 127,000 voters and non-voters conducted for Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
About 4/10 voters said the coronavirus pandemic is the top problem facing the nation. About 3/10 is known as the most important economy and employment. Trump, who downplayed the virus, sought to focus his campaign on the pre-pandemic economy, while Biden said the economy would not improve unless the virus was under control.
Voters are more likely to think that the government should prioritize limiting the spread of the coronavirus – even if it does damage the economy – than that the economy should take priority.
About half of voters say the coronavirus situation in the US is completely uncontrolled. About 6/10 voters said the economy is in poor condition, while about 4/10 said economic conditions are very good or good.
PANDEMIC IMPACTS OF PANDEMIC
From job losses and incomes to key missed milestones, voters have felt the impact of the pandemic as the coronavirus swept the country.
The majority of voters reported that the coronavirus pandemic had affected them personally. About 4/10 reported that their households had lost their jobs or income. About half said they missed a major event, and about 2 in 10 said a close friend or family member had died of the virus.
Voters believe that their financial position is stable despite the weak economy. About 7 out of 10 people reported that their personal finances were stable; about 2/10 said they are lagging behind. Only about a tenth said they are getting ahead financially.
Voters were not out of the way, with experts predicting the total number of votes would exceed 139 million by 2016. Approximately 101 million people voted before Election Day.
About three-quarters said they knew all the people they supported in this election.
Voters have been measuring their confidence that the vote count will be correct – even though Trump is looking to spread doubts about the integrity of the tallying results.
About a quarter of voters said they strongly believe that the votes in the election will be counted accurately, while 4 out of 10 voters have some confidence. About 3/10 said they do not believe in the exact results of counting votes.
After a summer of protests and sometimes violent clashes about racial inequality in policy, about half of voters called racism a “very serious” issue in the commune. American Association. About 3 in 10 people say it’s a bit serious; about 2 in 10 people say it is not a serious problem. Similar shares call racism a serious problem in the administration of this country.
About a third of voters said police in America were too tough on crime; less – about a quarter – said police were not tough enough. About 4 out of 10 people believe that the police handling the crime is correct.
But compared to the pandemic and the economy, relatively few voters – about a tenth – say that racism or law enforcement is the country’s top problem. Even less, 4%, is called the most important executive.
Webber reports from Fenton, Michigan.
AP VoteCast is a survey of US voters conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for Fox News, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Univision News, USA Today Network, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. The 106,240 voter survey was conducted over eight days, ending when the polls ended. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. The survey incorporates a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter records; Self-identified registered voters were conducted using the NORC probabilistic AmeriSpeak panel, designed to represent the population of the United States; and self-identified registered voters selected from unprofitable online dashboards. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to add or subtract 0.4 percentage points. Find more details about the AP VoteCast method at https://ap.org/votecast.
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