AP VoteCast: Hawaii voters sour on state of nation

  • FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a long line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, in Honolulu. Voter advocates say Hawaii should set up more voter service centers after a last-minute surge of voter interest led to hours-long lines for in-person voting on Election Day even as the state shifted to a vote-by-mail system for casting ballots. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

Voters in Hawaii made their pick for president while having negative views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate.

The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took place as the nation remains in the throes of a global public health crisis and mired in the economic downturn it brought on. AP VoteCast found that 28% of Hawaii voters said the U.S. is on the right track and 72% of voters said it is headed in the wrong direction.

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Here’s a snapshot of who voted and what matters to them, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of about 133,000 voters and nonvoters — including 381 voters and 135 nonvoters in Hawaii — conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

FACING THE PANDEMIC

The coronavirus pandemic has spread through the U.S. for roughly eight months, killing more than 230,000 Americans. Overall, 10% of voters said the virus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control, and 29% said it’s somewhat under control. Sixty-one percent of voters think the coronavirus is not at all under control in this country.

ON THE ISSUES

The coronavirus pandemic was top of mind for many voters in Hawaii. Fifty-three percent said it is the most important issue facing the country today.

Voters also considered the economy a major issue, with 28% saying it ranked at the top.

Seven percent named health care, 5% named climate change and 4% named racism.

NATIONAL ECONOMY

Voters were more negative than positive in their assessments of the nation’s economy. Overall, 28% described economic conditions in the U.S. as excellent or good, and 71% called them not so good or poor.

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For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. presidential elections: https://apnews.com/hub/election-2020

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