Political robocall and text message insights

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How political campaigns used robocalls and texts during the 2020 U.S. election.

Political texts

Since the early 2000s, political campaigns have been increasingly using robocalls and automated text messages to reach potential voters.

But just how many robocalls and texts were sent in 2020? We used RoboKiller data to find out and compiled our results in this report.

How many robocalls and texts did Americans receive during the 2020 election season?


Number of political robocalls and texts received per month in 2020



RoboKiller estimates that Americans nationwide received 3.32 million political robocalls and 8.50 million political text messages related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election between June and July 2022.

RoboKiller uses an unbiased, anonymous machine learning-based approach to understand political message trends. The estimates in this report are based on RoboKiller's proprietary data and customer feedback. Robocall trends, text trends, and featured messages are not a representation of any single political party, person, or organization’s campaign efforts.

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Which political party sent the most robocalls and texts?

Political robocalls by month

Political robotexts by month

State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Texas
49,923,765
46,777
49,876,988
California
24,168,328
1,056,792
23,111,536
Florida
22,726,521
85,226
22,641,295
Illionis
17,921,370
17,018
17,904,352
Michigan
16,941,310
6,566
16,934,744
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
North Carolina
16,326,657
30,196
16,326,657
Georgia
15,029,714
85,557
14,944,157
Missouri
12,542,094
88,946
12,453,148
Indiana
10,777,425
19,413
10,083,464
Tennesse
10,096,356
12,892
10,083,464
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Maine
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Maryland
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
Massachusetts
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
Michigan
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
Minnesota
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
Mississippi
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
Missouri
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Montana
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Nebraska
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Nevada
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
New Hampshire
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
New Jersey
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
New Mexico
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
New York
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
North Carolina
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
North Dakota
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Ohio
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Oklahoma
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Oregon
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Pennsylvania
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
Rhode Island
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
South Carolina
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
South Dakota
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
Tennessee
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
Texas
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Utah
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Vermont
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Virginia
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Washington
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
West Virginia
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
Wisconsin
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
Wyoming
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
California
1,693,606
135,122
1,558,484
Arizona
1,196,392
416,273
780,119
New York
594,581
9,135
585,446
Texas
512,009
23,501
488,508
Florida
339,295
37,087
302,208
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
WA
277,635
14,074
263,561
Illinois
267,003
19,200
247,803
New Yersey
239,110
23,826
215,284
Pennsylvania
209,146
7,114
202,032
Virginia
210,136
10,995
199,141
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Maine
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Maryland
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
Massachusetts
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
Michigan
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
Minnesota
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
Mississippi
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
Missouri
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Montana
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Nebraska
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Nevada
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
New Hampshire
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
New Jersey
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
New Mexico
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
New York
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
North Carolina
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
North Dakota
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Ohio
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Oklahoma
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Oregon
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Pennsylvania
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
Rhode Island
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
South Carolina
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
South Dakota
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963
Tennessee
42,620,915
26,704,693
22,450,560
Texas
42,521,256
25,410,261
26,704,693
Utah
42,147,689
24,740,963
20,450,764
Vermont
41,645,769
25,410,261
24,740,763
State
Total
Republican
Democrat
Virginia
49,481,926
24,740,763
22,730,963
Washington
49,332,221
26,704,693
20,740,963
West Virginia
48,755,878
21,410,261
25,940,862
Wisconsin
43,828,963
22,450,560
20,240,930
Wyoming
43,487,329
20,450,764
24,740,963

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Political robocall and robotext FAQs

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Why do I receive political robocalls and text messages?
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Starting in the early 2000’s, politicians have been increasing their campaign investments in political robocalls and text messages because they have higher engagement rates and are more effective than traditional methods like TV ads. Unlike illegal robocalls and text messages, you likely don’t receive political messages at random. Information about your political party affiliation, area you live in, or even past political donations become accessible to campaign groups when you register to vote and identify your political party preference.

Are political robocalls and texts regulated the same way as other robocalls?
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The FTC estimates annual losses of $1,200 per phone scam. The second you sign up for our service, you’re protected from more than 500 million known phone scams in our global database. To date, RoboKiller has prevented more than $400 million in losses to phone scams.

Can I opt out of all political robocalls or text messages?
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The short answer is yes. The long answer is not easily. Registering your phone number on the Do Not Call List in attempts to stop political messages will not help - political calls/texts and charities are not required to follow the Do Not Call List by law. The best way to reduce the political messages you receive is to update your voter registration to remove your associated phone number, follow the instructions from the FTC here, and/or enlist a third-party call and text blocker like RoboKiller or TextKiller.

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