For her senior thesis, politics major Maddie Pendolino ’21 conducted an online poll of 2,500 voters across the country to determine the events of 2020 and long-term policy issues that most influenced people’s vote for president. While the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was the most decisive factor in how someone voted, climate change and climate policy topped all other issues as a driving concern. Forty-four percent of respondents — and 82% of those who voted for Joe Biden — identified climate change as a top policy priority. Her work was supported by senior thesis funding from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI).

The infographic below breaks down the key findings of her work — read the full story on the HMEI homepage.