Americans who support Democratic candidate Joe Biden say they care most about controlling the novel coronavirus pandemic, while those who support President Donald Trump are more focused on the economy and terrorism, according to a new poll.
In the survey, conducted by Morning Consult, Americans were asked what issues are “very important” when it comes to who to vote for.
Controlling the distribution of COVID-19 was “very important” for 93 percent of Biden supporters, the highest percentage among the various issues. Only 59 percent of Trump supporters rated it as high.
After containing the spread of the virus, the survey found that among Biden supporters, the next most important issues were unification of the country (84 percent), universal health care (83 percent) and reducing health care costs (76 percent).
On the other hand, the survey found that among Trump supporters, U.S. protection against terrorism and economic recovery were “very important” for their election decision, with 83 percent and 80 percent respectively.
By comparison, among Biden supporters, 75 percent of respondents felt that economic recovery was very important, while 60 percent said the same for protecting the nation from terrorism.
Following these two points, 71 percent of Trump supporters said that lowering unemployment was very important, 62 percent said that lowering taxes was very important for most of them, and 61 percent said that lowering health care costs was important.
Morning Consult surveyed 11,822 Americans who voted early or on election day from October 30 to November 3. The survey revealed an error margin of plus or minus 1 percentage point.
In addition, the survey produced similar results when asked which candidate they trusted more in combating the spread of the novel coronavirus compared to an economic recovery after the pandemic.
According to the survey, 96 percent of Biden voters said they trusted the former vice president more to stem the spread of the virus, while 76 percent of Trump supporters said the same for the incumbent president.
In comparison, 95 percent of Trump voters said they trusted their candidate to handle an economic recovery from the pandemic better, while 91 percent of Biden voters said the same for the Democratic candidate.
The survey results are available just hours before the polls close in a number of states on election day, with voters choosing between Biden and Trump for the presidency.
In a final national poll conducted by Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP, Trump was only four points behind Biden, with 50.2 percent saying they would vote for the former vice president, compared to 46.2 percent who voted for Trump. The survey questioned 1,316 registered voters and 1,212 likely voters from October 29 to November 2, reporting an error margin of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
Washington Newsday asked for comments on the Biden and Trump campaigns, but did not receive a response in time for publication.