Politics

For voters, this was an important factor within the 2020 election, in response to polls

Residents vote at the Beloit Historical Society on November 3, 2020 in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Scott Olson | Getty Images

The economy, the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice have emerged as the main topics for voters in the 2020 presidential election, according to NBC News polls.

According to initial results of the NBC News poll of voters at the start and on election day, about a third of those polled identified the economy as the key problem in the election of the president. Racial inequality was the main problem for 21% of voters polled, and 18% said the Covid-19 crisis was most important in their decision.

When asked about the compromise between containing the coronavirus and rebuilding the economy, 52% of voters said controlling the pandemic, even if it harms the economy, was more important.

The answers closely coincided with the choices made by voters in the presidential election. President Donald Trump's voters were more likely to point to economics, crime and security as major issues, while Democratic challenger Joe Biden's voters were more likely to point out the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice.

In her final messages to voters, Trump turned away from economic populism, which fueled his 2016 victory, while Biden focused on the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has repeatedly criticized the president for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis, which killed more than 230,000 Americans this year and is on the rise across the country.

While Trump and Biden have often viewed the election as a choice of character, 72% of voters said a candidate's subject positions were more important than their personal qualities.

As polls across the country end and states start counting ballots, the results released tonight and in the days ahead will show how those issues have been translated into votes for the president.

Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to livestream of CNBC's ongoing election and business news.

Related Articles