Voters in South Carolina made their pick for president while holding mixed 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 concluded Tuesday 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 46% of South Carolina voters said the U.S. is on the right track and 53% of voters said it is headed in the wrong direction.
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 2,905 voters and 713 nonvoters in South Carolina -- conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
TRUMP VS BIDEN
In the race for president, Biden was roughly even with Trump among voters under 45 but Trump had an advantage among older voters.
Both voters without a college degree and college-educated voters were more likely to back Trump.
Voters in cities modestly preferred Biden over Trump while Trump led Biden among both suburban voters and voters in small towns and rural areas.
RACE FOR SENATE
In the race for U.S. Senate, Jaime Harrison had an edge over Lindsey Graham among voters under 45 but Graham had an advantage over Harrison among older voters.
Graham led among both voters without a college degree and college-educated voters.
Both suburban voters and voters in small towns and rural areas were more likely to back Graham. Voters in cities modestly preferred Harrison.
FACING THE PANDEMIC
The coronavirus pandemic has spread through the U.S. for roughly eight months, killing more than 230,000 Americans. Overall, 24% of voters said the virus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control, and 32% said it’s somewhat under control. Forty-three percent of voters think the coronavirus is not at all under control in this country.
ON THE ISSUES
The coronavirus pandemic and the economy were top of mind for many voters in South Carolina. Thirty-four percent said the coronavirus pandemic is the most important issue facing the country today. Thirty-four percent named the economy.
Eight percent named health care, 8% named racism and 5% named law enforcement.
Voters were closely divided in their assessments of the nation's economy. Overall, 52% described economic conditions in the U.S. as excellent or good, and 48% called them not so good or poor.
STAYING AT HOME
Among registered voters who chose not to cast a ballot in South Carolina, 28% said that was because they don't like politics generally, 17% said their vote doesn't matter and 15% said they don't like the candidates.
In South Carolina, 68% of nonvoters were younger than 45 and 85% did not have a college degree.
AP created this story automatically using results from AP VoteCast, a survey of the American electorate conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for Fox News, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Univision News, USA Today Network, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. The survey of 2,905 voters in South Carolina was conducted for eight days, concluding as polls closed. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. The survey combines a random sample of registered voters drawn from the state voter file and self-identified registered voters selected from nonprobability online panels. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at https://ap.org/votecast.
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