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Poll Reflects Ohioans’ Concerns About COVID-19 And How Pandemic Could Impact Voting This November

Your Voice Ohio forums bring together Ohioans from across the state and all walks of life  to hear what issues matter most to citizens this election year.
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Your Voice Ohio forums bring together Ohioans from across the state and all walks of life to hear what issues matter most to citizens this election year.

With two months to go before this year’s presidential election, WYSO is asking Daytonians what issues they’re most concerned about. In a recent survey from our collaborative Your Voice Ohio elections project some key trends jumped out.

In this interview, producer Jess Mador speaks with John Green, Political Science Professor and Director Emeritus of the The University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Green oversaw the poll, which included 1,037 registered Ohio voters.

While the poll reveals a range of differences in people's views on some issues based who they are and where in the state they live, there was consensus. COVID-19 tops Ohioans’ list of concerns and many people are worried about the pandemic’s potential impact on voting in November.

Read more about the poll and its findings on the WYSO website.

Want to volunteer for a future dialogue and receive $125 for two hours? Register at the Your Voice Ohio Election 2020 website.

About this project:

This is one in a series of stories on issues Ohioans say are most important in this election year. More than 50 news outlets are collaborating in the project under the umbrella of Your Voice Ohio, the nation’s largest sustained, statewide news media collaborative. In five years, Your Voice Ohio has brought more than 100 journalists together with more than 1,300 Ohioans for discussions on addiction, the economy and elections. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and Facebook. The Jefferson Center for New Democratic Processes designs and facilitates the dialogues. Retired Akron Beacon Journal managing editor Doug Oplinger directs the media work and can be reached at doplinger@yourvoiceohio.org.

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Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding Americainitiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.