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SLU/YouGov PollIn 2020, Saint Louis University launched the SLU/YouGov poll to provide researchers and policymakers a scientific assessment of Missouri public opinion.  In June 2020, we surveyed 900 likely Missouri voters to assess their opinions concerning the 2020 Election, COVID-19, and issues addressed by the Missouri state government. 

Below provides key poll results and more in depth analyses from the SLU Poll Directors. 

Key Survey Results of Missouri Voters

2020 Presidential Election

Trump leads Biden 50% to 43%

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 50% of likely voters intend to support Donald Trump in the November presidential election. 43% intend to support Joe Biden; 4% intend to support another candidate; and 4% are not sure.

Read analyses of the 2020 Presidential Election from Dr. Kenneth Warren

2020 Missouri Governor Election
Parson leads Galloway 41% to 39%

 The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 41% of likely voters intend to support Mike Parson in the November gubernatorial election. 39% intend to support Nicole Galloway; 3% intend to support another candidate; and 17% are not sure.

President Trump Approval Rating

50% of Missouri Voters Approve of Trump's performance as PresidentThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 32% of likely voters strongly approve of Donald Trump's performance as president; 18% approve; 5% disapprove; 43% strongly disapprove; and 1% are not sure.

Governor Parson Approval Rating

47% of Missourians Approval of Governor Parson's PerformanceThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 14% of likely voters strongly approve of Mike Parson's performance as governor; 33% approve; 21% disapprove; 22% strongly disapprove; and 9% are not sure.

President Trump Approval of handling COVID-19

48% of Voters Approve of Trump's handling of COVID-19The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 27% of likely voters strongly approve of Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; 21% approve; 7% disapprove; 44% strongly disapprove; and 1% are not sure.

Governor Parson Approval of handling COVID-19

 48% of Missouri Voters Approve of Governor's Parson's handling of COVID-19The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 15% of likely voters strongly approve of Mike Parson's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; 33% approve; 27% disapprove; 21% strongly disapprove; and 5% are not sure

Senator Blunt Approval Rating

38% of Missouri Voters approve of Senator Blunt's performanceThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 8% of likely voters strongly approve of Senator Roy Blunt's performance; 30% approve; 20% disapprove; 28% strongly disapprove; and 13% are not sure.

Senator Hawley Approval Rating

49% of Missouri voters approve of Senator Hawley's performanceThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 26% of likely voters strongly approve of Senator Josh Hawley's performance; 23% approve; 12% disapprove; 28% strongly disapprove; and 11% are not sure.

US Congress Approval Rating

15% of Missouri Voters approve of Congress' performanceThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 1% of likely voters strongly approve of  the US Congress's performance; 14% approve; 49% disapprove; 27% strongly disapprove; and 10% are not sure.

MO State Legislature Approval Rating

43% of voters approve of the Missouri State Legislature's performanceThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 3% of likely voters strongly approve of the Missouri State Legislautre's performance; 40% approve; 23% disapprove; 22% strongly disapprove; and 12% are not sure.

Rating of US Economy

26% of Missouri voters rate the US Economy as Excellent or GoodThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 8% of likely voters rate the US Economy as Excellent; 23% rate the economy as Good; 34% rate the economy as Fair; 37% rate the economy as poor; and 2% are not sure.

Rating of Missouri Economy

29% of Missouri voters rate the Missouri economy as Excellent or GoodThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 4% of likely voters rate the Missouri Economy as Excellent; 25% rate the economy as Good; 41% rate the economy as Fair; 28% rate the economy as poor; and 3% are not sure.

Rating of Missouri Schools

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 2% of likely voters rate the schools in Missouri as Excellent; 28% rate the schools as Good; 46% rate the schools as Fair; 17% rate the schools as poor; and 7% are not sure.The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 2% of likely voters rate the schools in Missouri as Excellent; 28% rate the schools as Good; 46% rate the schools as Fair; 17% rate the schools as poor; and 7% are not sure.

Rating of Schools in voters' Community

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 13% of likely voters rate the schools in their community as Excellent; 35% rate the schools as Good; 33% rate the schools as Fair; 16% rate the schools as poor; and 3% are not sure.The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 13% of likely voters rate the schools in their community as Excellent; 35% rate the schools as Good; 33% rate the schools as Fair; 16% rate the schools as poor; and 3% are not sure.

Rating of  Race Relations in Community

45% of Missouri voters rate race relations in their community as Excellent or GoodThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 12% of likely voters rate race relations in their community as Excellent; 33% rate the economy as Good; 31% rate the economy as Fair; 19% rate the economy as poor; and 5% are not sure.

Rating of Law Enforcement in Community

64% of Missouri voters rate law enforcement in their community as Excellent or GoodThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 27% of likely voters rate law enforcement in their community as Excellent; 37% rate the economy as Good; 20% rate the economy as Fair; 15% rate the economy as poor; and 2% are not sure.

Face to Face Instruction in Schools

 Most Missourians favor face to face instruction in schoolsThe SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 59% of likely voters agreed there should be face-to-face instruction in schools in the fall.  64% of voters with school age children agreed; 79% of Republican voters agreed; 38% of Democratic agreed; and 60% of independents agreed.

Vote by Mail

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 48% of respondents believe the Missouri state government should send applications for mail-in ballots to every eligible voter, while 44% believe the Missouri state government should not send applications. 8% of respondents were not sure. The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 48% of respondents believe the Missouri state government should send applications for mail-in ballots to every eligible voter, while 44% believe the Missouri state government should not send applications. 8% of respondents were not sure. 

Demographic and Party Cross-Tabs

Medicaid Expansion

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 49% of all voters agree that Missouri should expand its Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Of those who agree, 21% are Republicans, 86% are Democrats and 41% are Independents.

The SLU/YouGov Poll conducted from June 23 through July 1, 2020 shows that 49% of all respondents agree that Missouri should expand its Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Of those who agree, 21% are Republicans, 86% are Democrats and 41% are Independents. 

Analyses from SLU Poll Directors

About the SLU/YouGov Poll

A SLU/YouGov Poll will occur every year following the end of the state legislative session with an additional poll occurring in October in election years. The first survey assesses voters’ opinions about the 2020 presidential contest, the Missouri gubernatorial race, COVID-19 pandemic experiences, and their positions on issues recently addressed by the Missouri state government, such as Medicaid expansion and giving voters the opportunity to vote-by-mail.

The SLU/YouGov Poll fills a void in the study of public opinion in Missouri. No other academic institution regularly conducts a non-partisan, scientific survey of Missouri voters and publicly makes its results available to citizens, researchers, and policymakers. The SLU/YouGov Poll then aligns with the Jesuit mission to pursue the truth for the common good. The SLU/YouGov Poll also contributes to the mission to the “faith that does justice” by informing SLU’s surrounding communities to improve solidarity within those communities. The inaugural SLU You/Gov poll, for example, asks Missourians about their opinions about government spending on the poor, race relations in their communities, views on education, and law enforcement.

A unique aspect of the SLU/YouGov poll that differentiates itself from other statewide polls of Missouri is that a portion of respondents will answer multiple surveys within the course of the year. This “panel” survey will allow researchers, political practitioners, and policymakers to better identify how individuals’ opinions change over time. For instance, in the context of the 2020 election, researchers will be able to know if and how voters who were undecided about the presidential contest in June changed their opinion by October.

Saint Louis University has partnered with YouGov to conduct its annual survey of Missourians. YouGov conducts surveys for multiple academic institutions and is the primary, trusted survey firm for media organizations, including CBS News and The Economist. An independent Pew Research Center study of online survey firms in 2016 further concluded YouGov “consistently outperforms competitors.”