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HomePollsOne in Four Voters Support Postponing Election in November If Coronavirus Threat Persists

One in Four Voters Support Postponing Election in November If Coronavirus Threat Persists

3D graphic illustration of a virus infecting a ballot box during an election, while voting. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Party Affiliation Does Not Impact Opinion on Postponing Election in November

3D graphic illustration of a virus infecting a ballot box during an election, while voting. (Photo: AdobeStock)
3D graphic illustration of a virus infecting a ballot box during an election, while voting. (Photo: AdobeStock)

One in four voters are ready to postpone the election in November — for the first time in U.S. history — if the coronavirus threat continues. Interestingly, there’s no statistical significance in opinion based on party affiliation.

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national online and telephone survey, 25% of likely voters think the election should be delayed “if necessary” due to the threat from the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Sixty-two percent (62%) are opposed and 13% are undecided.

Republicans (26%), Democrats (25%) and unaffiliated voters (25%) agree on delaying the election, and that unanimity is even higher on the question of delaying upcoming primaries.

Nearly half (48%) of all likely voters support delaying upcoming state primaries due to the coronavirus, and 37% disagree and 15% are not sure. Republicans (52%), Democrats (48%) and unaffiliated voters (45%) agree on delaying the primaries, while 35%, 37% and 37%, respectively, disagree.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted March 17-18, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Led by R. D. Baris, the People's Pundit, the PPD Elections Staff conducts polling and covers news about latest polls, election results and election data.

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