INSIDER Poll: Half of Biden voters said they will not be mixing households this Thanksgiving compared to just 29% of Trump voters

  • According to Insider polling from November 20 to 21, just over half of Biden voters said they will not be mixing households this Thanksgiving compared to 29% of Trump voters.
  • Additionally, 43% of Trump and 26% of Biden voters said their Thanksgiving festivities will mix three or more households.
  • Experts are concerned that increased travel and gathering will lead to a surge in COVID-19 infections across the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News "the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge."
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The US presidential elections have come to a close, but voters remain divided, particularly regarding Thanksgiving plans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to recent polling from Insider and SurveyMonkey, 51% of self-identified Biden voters said they would not be mixing households for Thanksgiving, higher than the national level of 43% and notably higher than the 29% of self-identified Trump voters that are also reportedly celebrating alone. 

Additionally, about 34% of respondents said their Thanksgiving festivities will mix three or more households. A similar presidential divide occurs as before: 26% of Biden voters said they will mix three or more households on Thanksgiving compared to the 43% of Trump voters who said as much.

On November 19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Americans stay home for the holiday to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Insider polling, however, shows that 31% of respondents said the CDC's advice had no impact on their Thanksgiving plans. 

This breakdown comes from a SurveyMonkey Audience poll taken between November 20 and November 21. The poll collected 1,110 respondents who were asked about their plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, COVID-19, as well as a number of other questions.

Under Trump's leadership during the pandemic, he has regularly relayed coronavirus misinformation on numerous occasions, often misrepresenting the severity of the virus. He privately told the veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in March that, "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

At the first presidential debate, Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask at previous public events. Soon after the first debate, it was announced that Trump had been diagnosed with COVID-19, though he has since recovered.

It appears that Trump's coronavirus rhetoric is well shared among the Republican Party. According to the Associated Press just two days after the presidential election, 93% of the 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita in the US voted for Trump.

As of November 25, 2020, there have been 259,979 deaths in the United States attributed to the virus, according to the Coronavirus Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. Many of the ICU beds around the nation are at capacity, with some rural hospitals transporting their sickest patients to the cities where there are more resources available.

Many doctors and experts have expressed concern about a surge in coronavirus infections following the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reiterated to ABC News about the importance of staying home this Thanksgiving.

"The travel, the congregate setting, not wearing masks — the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge," Fauci said to ABC News. "What we're doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weight its sample based on race or income. Polling data collected 1,110 respondents November 21-22. All polls carried approximately a 3 percentage point margin of error individually.

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