Survey methodology

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These data come from a series of SurveyMonkey polls collected continuously since June 1, 2020, with about 35,000 responses collected every week. Respondents were selected from the more than 2 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day.

Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over. Depending on the exact visualization and any filters selected, other factors—like vote registration or state—are also taken into account.

Visualization best practices

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A hex map is ideal for visualizing this data because by equalizing the size and shape of the states, you can more easily focus on the differences across the data.

"States have different ways to deal with absentee voting and voting by mail, so putting that data into a map was obvious. It's great that this format allows to compare the differences by state while also showing the differences by demographic groups." —Laura Wronski, Research Science Manager at SurveyMonkey

Learn how to build a Hex Map and Diverging Bar Chart in Tableau.


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