Support for mail voting rises amid pandemic

Poll finds 39% of Americans in favor of all-mail ballots, and that number rises to 48% if pandemic is ongoing in November.


National News

April 27, 2020 - 9:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump’s public campaign against vote by mail may be resonating with his Republican backers.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Democrats are now much more likely than Republicans to support their state conducting elections exclusively by mail, 47% to 29%. 

In 2018, about half as many Democrats were in favor, and there was little difference in the views of Democrats and Republicans on the question. 

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