Insider poll: Your travel history is linked to who you’re voting for in 2020

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  •  Whether Americans travel — or not — is linked to the 2020 presidential candidate they're voting for, according to a series of polls.
  • Voters who have been around the United States and outside the country tended to favor former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.
  • The surveys were conducted by Insider with SurveyMonkey from August to October.
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Whether Americans have lived in more than one state, been outside the country, or not traveled much is linked to who they're voting for in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new series of polls.

The surveys, conducted by Insider with SurveyMonkey, show that people who have a travel history tend to favor former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.

This chart shows the difference between the margin of support for Trump or Biden among the given subset of respondents and the overall margin of support among likely voters as a whole:

This breakdown comes from an aggregation of nine polls taken between August 8 and October 12. All told, the polls combined to 10,077 respondents, 8,623 of whom indicated they were registered to vote and 8,321 of whom said they would likely do so. Respondents were asked about who they intended to vote for in November as well as a number of other questions.

The data offers a glimpse into voter backgrounds as the 2020 race reaches its final stretch, with just four days left until Election Day.  

  • More than half of the respondents who said they visited another country preferred the Democratic presidential nominee by 9 percentage points.
  • Similarly, those who have traveled outside of North America were 13 percentage points likelier to vote for Biden.
  • Voters who have lived in different states for a long period of time, who made up 23% of respondents, also leaned toward Biden by 12 percentage points.

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 1,150 respondents August 7,  1,106 respondents on August 11, 1,128 respondents August 21-22, 1,073 respondents August 29, 1,161 respondents September 4, 1,107 respondents September 15, 1,017 respondents September 18, 1,122 respondents September 28, 1,176 respondents October 5, and 1,130 respondents on October 12. All polls carried approximately a 3 percentage point margin of error individually.

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