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Will the election be 'fair and equal'? Most Americans aren't too confident, poll finds

Bailey Aldridge, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in News & Features

Most Americans don't have much confidence in the fairness of the upcoming election, a poll has found.

An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll of 44,601 American adults found the majority, regardless of party affiliation, are "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that the 2020 election will be conducted fairly and equally.

The poll was conducted Aug. 3-9 and included respondents selected from the "more than 2 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day," it says. Data were weighted to reflect the demographics of the country.

The poll did not list a margin of error because "SurveyMonkey research surveys do not have a probability-based design, because there is no well-defined sampling frame of respondents to SurveyMonkey surveys."

More than half -- 55% -- responded that they were "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that the November election will be conducted in a "fair and equal way."

Only 14% said they are "very confident," and 29% said they are "somewhat confident."


Democrats surveyed were more likely than Republicans surveyed to express higher levels of confidence.

While 9% of Republicans said they are "very confident" the election will be fair, 20% of Democrats responded the same. Meanwhile, 28% of Republicans and 16% of Democrats responded they are "not at all confident."

The poll also asked respondents about their opinions on voting by mail -- a contentious topic in the United States during the COVID-19 crisis.

The majority of respondents were in favor of "changing the election laws to allow everyone to vote by mail."


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