How long are voters willing to wait in line? As long as it takes

Graeme BruceBusiness Data Journalist
October 26, 2020, 12:16 PM UTC

Most voters who plan to vote in-person say there’s no limit to how long they’re willing to wait to cast their ballot, according to new Economist / YouGov Poll data. 

As reports emerge of hours-long wait times to cast an early ballot in states like Texas, Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin, about two-thirds (64%) of those who plan to vote in-person say they’ll wait as long as it takes. 

Just 16% would give up within half an hour, another 15% say an hour is their limit, and another 5% say they’re willing to stand in line for an hour or two 

It appears supporters of President Donald Trump are slightly more likely than supporters of Democratic nominee Joe Biden to be willing to wait as long as it takes, by 69% to 56%. 

Despite the reported long lines in some areas, most (70%) of those who have already voted in-person say they waited less than 30 minutes to vote, while another 18% said it took them between 30 minutes and an hour. Just 9% said they waited an hour to two hours and 3% said longer than two hours. 

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

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 registered voters interviewed online between October 18 - 20, 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 2.9% for the overall sample.

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