GW Politics Poll Finds Trump Elicits Negative Emotions in Voters

November 2, 2020

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A new GW Politics Poll shows that Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden holds a 10-point lead nationally. Voters are more confident in Biden’s ability to deal with the pandemic and give him higher marks on traits like leadership, empathy, honestly and morality than President Trump.

Asked about their emotional reactions to the two candidates, 70% said they feel angry and disgusted with incumbent President Donald Trump. Trump was more likely to elicit anger, disgust and fear than Joe Biden. Even among Republicans, 40% said that he makes them feel angry and disgusted “at least some of the time”.  By contrast, voters are more likely to say that Joe Biden makes them feel proud and hopeful.   

The Poll also showed that Biden supporters are less enthusiastic about voting for Biden than Trump voters are about voting for Trump. 75% of those who say they are voting for Trump describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” about their choice versus the 59% who are very enthusiastic about voting for Biden. 


Other Results: 

  • 53% of Republicans said they planned to vote in person on election day. 
  • 53% of respondents said they were prepared to accept the outcome as legitimate and nearly 30% say they don’t know if they are prepared to accept the outcome. 
  • 61% of respondents say they are very or somewhat confident that votes will be counted accurately in the election. 
  • 76% of Democrats vs. 46% of Republicans are confident that votes will be counted accurately. 
  • 49% of likely voters strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President with 29% strongly approving. 
  • 66% of likely voters currently think that the country is headed in the wrong direction. 

About the Poll

The GW Politics Poll is managed jointly by GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, Graduate School of Political Management and Department of Political Science. YouGov, a respected leader in online polling, conducted the academic, nonpartisan research poll for GW. 

The survey was fielded October 16-26, 2020 by YouGov with a sample of registered voters. 

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