BIDEN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS BY MBAS FLOW AT NEARLY A 10-TO-1 MARGIN OVER TRUMP
Beyond their support for either Biden or Trump, many MBA applicants and students either donated money to a campaign or are working on behalf of a candidate. Some 36% put their money where their mouth is by handing over cash support for a candidate. Donations to Biden’s campaign flowed by nearly a ten-to-one margin over Trump, with many respondents also sending cash to numerous Senate candidates challenging Republicans.
The most notable beneficiaries of Senate campaign giving were Jaime Harrison in South Carolina, Amy McGrath in Kentucky, Mark Kelly in Colorado, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, Doug Jones in Alabama, and Sarah Gideon in Maine. Some were active in the Democratic primaries, favoring Andrew Yang, the former CEO of Manhattan Prep, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, or Michael Bloomberg. Several respondents have financially supported The Lincoln Project, the campaign against Trump organized by Republicans.
About 15% of the respondents said they are volunteering their time on behalf of a political candidate. Not surprisingly, given the overall results of the survey, Biden is getting the vast majority of support, with 89% of the sample actively working on his behalf versus 11% for Trump. But a fair number of volunteers are working for non-partisan get-out-the-vote efforts which tend to favor Biden and Democratic Senate campaigns.
MAJORITY WILL VOTE BY MAIL THIS YEAR
The survey also asked whether voters intend to cast their votes in-person or via mail. Some 54% of the respondents said they have already voted by absentee ballot or intend to do so, with the remaining 46% planning to vote in person. Many Americans are voting by mail in this Presidential election due to the pandemic. Many MBA students, of course, are located on campuses that are not in their home states where they are eligible to vote so a larger portion of those voters have to vote by absentee ballot.