Most Americans find it very important to vote in the 2020 presidential election

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
August 06, 2020, 2:08 PM UTC

Most registered voters (95%) in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, say they consider voting in the upcoming election to be either very (86%) or somewhat (9%) important.  

That overwhelming threshold varies only slightly with age. About three-fourths of registered voters ages 18 to 29 (78%) say voting in this year’s general election is very important, and the same applies to 30-to 44-year-olds (78%). About nine in 10 (89%) of registered voters between the ages of 45 and 64 say voting in November is very important, compared to 95 percent of voters over the age of 65.  

Across party lines, registered voters agree that voting in the election is important. Nearly nine in 10 (89%) Republicans, 83 percent of Independents, and 86 percent of Democrats say voting in the presidential election is very important.  

Supporters of both Joe Biden and President Donald Trump say voting in the 2020 presidential election is very important: 98 percent of Biden supporters and 96 percent of Trump supporters say voting in the November election is important.  

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll 

Methodology: This Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US registered voters interviewed online between August 2 – 4, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.3% for the overall sample.    

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