US elections 2020: exit poll finding that could mean good news for Donald Trump

The preliminary results of a nationwide CNN exit poll have revealed the economy was the top issue for voters.

A total of 34 per cent of those polled said it was the most important issue for them, ahead of strong leadership on 32 per cent.

Good judgement came next with 24 per cent.

The Mirror Online says the economy is the only issue on which the President has consistently polled higher than Joe Biden in the run up to the election.

The CNN poll found that more people said they felt better off today (around four in 10) than those who said they were worse off (two in 10).

They were, however, fairly evenly split on whether the country’s economy is doing well.

More than half said the coronavirus pandemic has left them with financial hardship.

However, more say they are better off today than four years ago (around 4 in 10) than say they are worse off today (2 in 10).

The poll found just 18 per cent said coronavirus was the biggest issue.

Racial inequality scored 21 per cent.

Just 13 per cent said the state of the economy in America was ‘excellent’ – with ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ about even on 35 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.

Nineteen per cent said it was ‘poor’.

However, there were other signs that could worry the President.

Very few voters were ‘late deciders’ – with some 93 per cent saying they had made up their mind before the last seven days.

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Four years ago, Trump’s victory was partially pinned on a late swing to his candidacy by undecided voters.

And their views on Covid in particular might worry him.

A total of 51 per cent of the nation said the virus crisis had not been handled well.

The poll showed as many as 68 per cent of those polled said it was a public health responsibility to wear a mask in public – with just 30 per cent saying it was a personal choice.

Of people who voted for Donald Trump, some 81 per cent said they had voted affirmatively for their candidate, rather than voting against his opponent.

For Biden voters, some 64 per cent said they had voted affirmatively for the former Vice President – with 31 per cent saying they had voted against his opponent.

There was a rise in the number of first time voters.

It was 10 per cent in 2016, which rose to 13 per cent this year.

Some 68 per cent of those polled said it was “very easy” to vote this year.

And 86 per cent said they were confident their vote would be counted.

Voters have cast ballots at libraries, schools and arenas across the country today.

In New York City, some voting lines went around blocks.

Yet in many places, from Los Angeles to Detroit and Atlanta, lines were very small.

Elsa Avalos, 79, was leaving a polling station on Tuesday morning after voting with her husband in Huntington Park in Southern California.

“Every election we’ve voted. We’ve done our duty,” she said.

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“I was afraid we’d have a line today, but nothing.”

In Atlanta, about a dozen voters were lined up before sunrise at the Piedmont Park Conservancy. First in line was Ginnie House waiting to cast a vote.

“I lost my absentee ballot and I’m not going to miss this vote,” said House, a 22-year-old actor and creative writing student, who had flown back to Atlanta from New York just for this purpose.

She said she was voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, a former vice president seeking to replace the Republican incumbent Trump in the White House.

At a polling station in Houston, Texas, Andy Valadez said: “We want to pray for a fair election.

“We believe in America and want everyone to have a safe voting experience.”