US election 2020: Many people concerned about COVID-19 risk

US election 2020: Many people concerned about COVID-19 risk

Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. on October 2, 2020 — Fact checked by Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph.D.

According to the results of a recent poll that Healthline Media commissioned, many people in the United States are worried about having exposure to the new coronavirus if they go out to vote on election day. Read on to discover what else the poll found.

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As we draw ever closer to the presidential election in the U.S., which is due to take place in the middle of a pandemic, many questions emerge about how people currently feel about health and voting.

For instance, how worried are voters about the risks to health that they might encounter by reporting to their polling stations during a pandemic?

What factors might contribute to these worries, and are they more of an issue in some demographic groups than others?

To get a clearer picture of the electorate’s health and safety concerns regarding voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthline Media recently commissioned a poll asking U.S. individuals the questions we outlined above.

If you would like to check your registration status or register to vote, we have added some useful links at the bottom of this article.

68% worried about exposure

Healthline Media commissioned the Harris Poll to conduct the survey. It took place online — between September 9 and September 11, 2020 — and a total of 2,059 U.S. adults responded.

Its results indicate that 68% of respondents are somewhat or very concerned that they or their family members may have exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when visiting the polling station on election day.

However, when it came to disaggregating the data, it became apparent that males were more likely than females to express concern that their significant other might have exposure to the new coronavirus by voting in person.

More specifically, 47% of the male respondents said that they have this worry, compared with 34% of the female respondents.


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