The early voting period in New York kicks off this weekend. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are likely to send out their ballots.
An exclusive Spectrum News-Ipsos poll reveals that city residents are roughly evenly split between voting at their polling stations on Election Day and voting by mail.
Poll respondents Dennis Sanchez and Tracey Simpson chose to vote by mail with their loved ones in mind.
“Basically for the safety of my wife. She’s a cancer survivor, so I have to be very careful about that, “Sanchez said.
“Usually I come in and vote,” Simpson said. “But I was scared and didn’t want to wait in line for hours. And I live with my elderly parents, so I have a lot to think about. So I felt that yes, I will do my civic duty. , but I’ll do it the best way for me.
Poll respondent Mia Adams based her voting plan on the city’s electoral council’s struggles with postal voting.
“I want to do it in person, just because I’ve heard about the headache with mail ballots,” she said.
In the June primary elections, it took six weeks to certify the results and one in five postal votes were invalidated.
Earlier this general election season, approximately 100,000 mail-in ballots had to be returned by mail due to a printing error.
The poll found that most New Yorkers – 67% – trust the outcome of the presidential election, while a large number – 20% – do not.
Donald Trump faces a challenge from Joe Biden, and the president has sought to sow doubt in the electoral system.
Chris Jackson of Ipsos says polls show great concern across the country about the integrity of the election, but less so in a reliable blue New York City, where the outcome is predictable.
“It’s actually not as bad in New York as we see it in some of the other states, basically some of the hottest and most contested swing states where people are even more worried,” he said. declared.
Meanwhile, ahead of the election, Trump’s contracting COVID-19 made him 41% less supportive and 20% more supportive, while 32% say it has no impact.
Additionally, 42% say the President’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court made them less favorable to him, 26% say it made them more supportive of him and 23% say it didn’t. had no impact.
The online survey of 850 city residents was conducted between October 7 and 19. Its results are +/- 3.8 percentage points.