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Only half of registered voters expect to know result within 'day or two' of Election Day

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 23: Detail view of a voting booth during Tuesdays Kentucky primary election on June 23, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Exposition Center is the only polling location for Tuesday's Kentucky primary in Jefferson County, home to Louisville and 767,000 residents. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Only half of registered voters in the United States say they expect to know the results of the upcoming presidential election within a "day or two" of Election Day, a new study by the Pew Research Center says.

Trump and Biden supporters are divided on whether it will be clear who won the election even after all of the votes are counted, and they have very different views of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety of voting in the November election.

About three-quarters of registered voters who support Biden (76%) say they are confident that the country will know who won the election after all of the votes are counted, while 55% of Trump supporters say the same.

Thirty percent of Biden supporters say they are very confident there will be a clear winner after all of the votes are counted, compared with just 13% of Trump supporters.

Ninety-one percent of Trump supporters and 70% of Biden supporters are at least somewhat confident that voting in person will be safe.

But while half of Trump supporters (53%) are very confident that coronavirus won't be spread by in-person voting, only 17% of Biden supporters say the same.

Trump supporters are more than twice as likely as Biden supporters to say they plan to vote in person on Election Day (50% of Trump supporters, compared with 20% of Biden supporters).

Far more Biden supporters say they plan to vote or have already voted with absentee or mail-in ballots (51% of Biden supporters, compared with 25% of Trump supporters. )

Trump and Biden supporters are at least somewhat confident that in-person votes will be counted correctly but have different views about absentee or mail-in ballots.

Seventy-seven percent of Biden supporters are very or somewhat confident the mail-in ballots will be counted as intended, compared with 36% of Trump supporters.

Only a third of Trump supporters are very or somewhat confident that mail-in ballots will be delivered with enough time to be counted, while 67% of Biden supporters say they are confident that the ballots will be delivered in time.

Seventy-two percent of Biden supporters say the elections around the nation will be run and administered well, while only half of Trump supporters say the same.

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