Poll: Nearly half of Americans ‘uncomfortable’ voting in person during pandemic


A majority of Americans say they’d be comfortable voting in person during the coronavirus pandemic, though deep divides remain over the issue, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters said they would feel “somewhat” or “very” comfortable voting in person, compared to 47 percent who said they’d be uncomfortable. 

Republican respondents were more inclined to say they feel somewhat or very comfortable voting in person during the pandemic, with 73 percent holding that view.

Meanwhile, 58 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Independents said they were somewhat or very uncomfortable with the idea of in-person voting during a pandemic.

“I think behaviorally, there’s going to be significant differences between people who are very comfortable and people who are somewhat comfortable,” Dan Cox, public opinion research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 961 registered voters between May 27-28 and has a margin of error of 3.16 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte

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