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 focused more on the economy and terrorism, according to a new exit poll.
Conducted by Morning Consult, the poll asked Americans which issues were “very important” when deciding who to vote for.
Controlling the spread of COVID-19 was “very important” to 93 percent of Biden supporters, the highest percentage across the different issues. Only 59 percent of Trump supporters rated it that highly.
Following behind controlling the spread of the virus, the poll found that among Biden supporters the next most important issues were unifying the country (84 percent), universal health-care coverage (83 percent) and lowering health-care costs (76 percent).
On the other hand, the poll found that among Trump supporters, protecting the U.S. from terrorism and an economic recovery were “very important” in their voting decision, with 83 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
In comparison, among Biden supporters, the poll found 75 percent saying economic recovery was very important, while 60 percent said the same for protecting the nation from terrorism.
Following behind these two issues, 71 percent of Trump supporters said lowering the unemployment rate was very important, 62 percent said lowering taxes for most and 61 percent said lowering health-care costs.
Morning Consult surveyed 11,822 Americans who voted early or on Election Day from October 30 to November 3. The poll reported a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.
Additionally, the poll found similar results when respondents were asked which candidate they trust more to handle the spread of the novel coronavirus versus an economic recovery following the pandemic.
According to the poll, 96 percent of Biden voters say they trust the former vice president more to contain the spread of the virus, while 76 percent of Trump supporters said the same for the incumbent president.
Comparatively, 95 percent of Trump voters said they trust their candidate to better handle an economic recovery following the pandemic, while 91 percent of Biden voters said the same for the Democratic candidate.
The poll’s findings come just a few hours before 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 trailed Biden by just four points, as 50.2 percent said they’d vote for the former vice president, compared to 46.2 who chose Trump. The poll surveyed 1,316 registered and 1,212 likely voters from October 29 to November 2 and reported a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
Newsweek reached out to the Biden and Trump campaigns for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.