2020 United States President Voters Guide

Joe Biden (D) vs Donald Trump (R)

President | Election | Nov 3, 2020

The Candidates

Joe Biden

Joe Biden


Donald Trump

Donald Trump



The Issues


Keep legal or ban?


Legal. Supports “right to choose.” “Codify Roe v. Wade into law. Until 2019, backed existing federal abortion funding ban.


Ban. “Strongly pro-life.” First president to attend March for Life. Promised to appoint justices to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Affordable Care Act

Support Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare? Support a public option?


Yes. Wants public option “like Medicare” to “build on the Affordable Care Act.” Raise subsidies and tax credits to lower premiums.

Campaign Finance

Limit campaign contributions? Support public funding and expanded disclosure?


Yes. Eliminate all private donations from federal elections; replace solely by public funding. Would expand required disclosure.


No. Dislikes using taxpayer money for public funding. Opposed House bill that supported it and expanded disclosure rules.

Climate Change

Is human-caused climate change a serious threat? Limit greenhouse gases or fund renewable energy?


Yes. An existential threat.” Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement to limit emissions. Introduced $2 trillion plan to boost clean energy and rebuild infrastructure.


Pick Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement now or let November winner choose?


Wait for next president.  Doing so now is “a gigantic mistake and abuse of power.” See CEEP Supreme Court Guide.


Replace now. Thinks election will “end up in the Supreme Court,” so fill the vacancy now. See CEEP Supreme Court Guide.


Plan for dealing with COVID? Support Trump withdrawal from World Health Organization (WHO)?

What should COVID stimulus bills prioritize?


Support free (or highly subsidized) public college tuition or loan forgiveness for low-income students?


Yes. Two years free community college. Free public 4-year college if families make below $125,000. Cover student-debt payments for public college and some others if earning under $125,000, max payment 5% of income.


Unclear. Proposed deep cuts to federal financial aid programs and ending public service loan forgiveness. Proposed borrowers pay 12.5% of discretionary yearly income with loans forgiven after 15-25 years.


Tighten or loosen environmental protections?


Loosen environmental review laws. Supports EPA cutbacks and Keystone pipeline. “We are reclaiming America’s proud heritage as a nation of builders.”

Gun Laws

More restrictive legislation on guns? Stricter background checks and bans on assault rifles?


Yes. Gun violence is a “public health epidemic.” Ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines; background checks for all gun sales.


Mostly no. Said would support background checks. Later opposed House bill mandating them. Rescinded rule stopping mentally impaired from owning firearms.


Path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents, including DACA participants brought to U.S. as children? Position on border walls and limiting asylum?


No. Tried to end DACA program; overruled by Supreme Court. Said would veto DACA path to citizenship. Earlier said might support as part of broader deal. Declared national emergency to pay for border wall. Tightened legal immigration and asylum limits.


Support Trump withdrawal from Iran nuclear treaty? Require congressional approval for military to attack Iran?


Oppose withdrawal. “No illusions” on Iran, but diplomacy is “only way out.” Trump lacks authority to launch attacks. Backs relief from sanctions during pandemic.


Support “right-to-work” laws, banning unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?


No. Repeal Taft-Hartley provisions that let states impose right-to-work laws. Penalize “companies that interfere with workers’ organizing efforts.”


Yes. Supports right-to-work laws as creating more flexibility. Issued order making it easier to fire federal employees. Revoked Obama order tightening wage and hour rules.

LGBT Rights

Support protection from discrimination in employment, education, adoption, credit, housing, and public services.


Yes. First supported gay marriage in 2012. “Protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.” Supports Equality Act to give federal anti-discrimination protection.


No. Prohibiting job discrimination for sexual orientation was a “horrible” decision. Rolled back LGBTQ health care protections to protect religious freedom. Previously mixed.

Minimum Wage

Raise federal minimum from $7.25 per hour?

Planned Parenthood

Can Planned Parenthood receive federal funds for non-abortion-related care?


Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight? Position on sending federal law enforcement agents to cities against wishes of mayors and governors?


Yes. More community policing, ban chokeholds. Root out unlawful policing, systemic racism, prosecutorial misconduct. Doesn’t support defunding. Trump deployments furthered “chaos and division.”


No. Police are “under siege.” Cut back active federal oversight of excess force, though supported database to track it. Said deployment of federal agents was necessary to restore “law and order.”

Social Security

Partly privatize Social Security or raise retirement age to stabilize program?


No. Make Social Security solvent by adding new tax on high earners to match what middle class already pays. Expand benefits and reject privatization.


Unclear. Proposed $35 billion cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, with possible cuts to overall entitlements.

Voting Rules

Strict ID and other rules to combat possible fraud, even if limit access?


No. Restore Voting Rights Act. Challenge state laws limiting voting rights. Support automatic and same-day voter registration.


Yes. Seeks stronger voter ID requirements. Voter ID opponents “intend to cheat.”

We have space to include only candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others including  Jo Jorgensen (L) and Howie Hawkins (G) guides.vote is a nonpartisan effort to show where candidates stand, with links to credible sources. We do not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office. Vote411.org offers guides to local races.