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National Issues that Brought Voters to the Polls

November 05, 2020

Americans voted in record numbers for this week’s election, with more than one hundred million early votes ahead of the election, and 35 million Americans going to the polls to vote in person. What issues incited such a large turnout among voters this year? 

A national survey, AP VoteCast, asked Americans about the most important issues that influenced their vote during this week’s General Election. While several issues consistently were identified, 41 percent indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic was the top issue of concern. An overwhelming majority of those voters said the pandemic has affected them personally.

The survey of 106,240 voters spanned several days, ending this week. Surveys were conducted by phone, mail, and online—in English and Spanish—and the responses represent a random sample of registered voters from state voter files. The survey was conducted for the Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Other national top-of-mind concerns include:

  • Economy: 28 percent of responders indicated that the U.S. economy and jobs were a crucial issue
  • Health care: 9 percent of responders expressed concern about national health care as the top issue
  • Racism: 7 percent identified current issues surrounding systemic racism and race-related tension as the most pressing national issue
  • Law enforcement: 4 percent indicated that the current environment surrounding law enforcement was the top issue
  • Climate change: 4 percent identified climate change as their top issue
  • Immigration: 3 percent of voters surveyed indicated that immigration was a top issue

Additional information about the survey results, including a breakdown of voters that were surveyed by gender and age group, is available from NPR.

HAP will continue to monitor election results and provide to the public and to member hospitals and health systems more information about the potential impacts of the election results on Pennsylvania’s health care.

For more information about HAP’s federal advocacy contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration. For more information about HAP’s state advocacy, contact Warren Kampf, HAP’s senior vice president, legislative and advocacy.