AP VoteCast: Alaska voters sour on state of nation

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Voters in Alaska made their pick for president while holding 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 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 43% of Alaska voters said the U.S. is on the right track and 56% 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 689 voters and 55 nonvoters in Alaska -- conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

TRUMP VS BIDEN

In the race for president, Voters under 45 were divided between Trump and Biden while older voters leaned toward Trump.

Voters without a college degree were more likely to back Trump over Biden but college-educated voters were split.

Suburban voters were more likely to prefer Trump but voters in small towns and rural areas were divided between Trump and Biden.

RACE FOR SENATE

In the race for U.S. Senate, Voters under 45 were divided between Dan Sullivan and Al Gross but older voters were more likely to back Sullivan over Gross.

Voters without a college degree were more likely to support Sullivan over Gross but college-educated voters were split.

Suburban voters were more likely to prefer Sullivan over Gross. Voters in small towns and rural areas were split.

FACING THE PANDEMIC

The coronavirus pandemic has spread through the U.S. for roughly eight months, killing more than 230,000 Americans. Overall, 25% of voters said the virus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control, and 26% said it’s somewhat under control. Forty-six per cent of voters think the coronavirus is not at all under control in this country.

ON THE ISSUES

The economy and the coronavirus pandemic were top of mind for many voters in Alaska. Thirty-two per cent said the economy is the most important issue facing the country today. Thirty per cent named the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight per cent named climate change, 8% named racism and 7% named health care.

NATIONAL ECONOMY

Voters were slightly negative in their assessments of the nation's economy. Overall, 46% described economic conditions in the U.S. as excellent or good, and 52% called them not so good or poor.

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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 689 voters in Alaska 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 6.1 percentage points. Find more details about AP VoteCast's methodology at https://ap.org/votecast.

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