The complexity of the overall system, varying rules on how and when you can vote, and whether the candidate you support wins or loses all impact trust in the election process.
Looking at final estimates of the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential race, 93% of national polls overstated the Democratic candidate’s support among voters, while nearly as many (88%) did so in 2016.
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Data tables from interviews we conducted with verified voters after the 2016 and 2018 elections may help answer some election 2020 questions.
More Floridians have registered to vote as Republicans than Democrats since the 2016 presidential elections.
Across a range of political values – around race, gender and family, immigration and religion – there are stark contrasts between voters who support Donald Trump and those planning to vote for Joe Biden in November.
The gender gap in party identification remains the widest in a quarter century.
A majority of Americans continue to favor replacing Electoral College with a nationwide popular vote
40% of U.S. adults prefer to keep the current system in which the candidate who receives the most Electoral College vote wins the election.
About a third in U.S. see God’s hand in presidential elections, but fewer say God picks winners based on policies
Few United States adults – just 5% – say God chose Donald Trump to be president because God approves of his policies.
Roughly seven-in-ten Russians say their government did not try to meddle in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. However, 85% say the U.S. tries to shape the internal affairs of other countries.