Despite Record Turnout, 80 Million Americans Didn’t Vote in 2020. Here’s Why

There is hope.

By Domenico Matanaro, National Public Radio

More Americans voted in 2020 than in any other presidential election in 120 years. About 67% of eligible voters cast ballots this year, but that still means a third did not.

That amounts to about 80 million people who stayed home.

To better understand what motivates these nonvoters, NPR and the Medill School of Journalism commissioned Ipsos to conduct a survey of U.S. adults who didn’t vote this year. The Medill school’s graduate students did deep dives into various aspects of the survey here.

Nonvoters’ reasons for not voting include:


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