Poll: Two-thirds of Americans support voting by mail in November

More than two thirds of voters in a new poll say they support the idea of voting exclusively by mail in the November election as states ramp up vote-by-mail efforts amid the pandemic.

The Hill-HarrisX poll released Wednesday found that 68 percent of voters support the idea of voting exclusively by mail in the fall, up 1 percentage point from an April poll.

While views among voters overall stayed relatively consistent from the poll earlier this year, the latest survey suggested that views among Democrats and Republicans may be hardening.

Support among Republicans has ticked down 3 points, to 48 percent, compared to the April poll, while support among Democrats has increased 2 points to 85 percent.

Among independents, approval for voting exclusively by mail rose slightly from 67 percent to 68 percent.

Support among younger voters grew from 68 percent in April to 73 percent in June, though older voters in the poll remain less likely to approve of vote-by-mail only.

The latest Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 946 registered voters between June 16 and 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.16 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte