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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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.
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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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RoboKiller’s robocall insights are powered by a global database of millions of known phone scams and audio fingerprints. Data is estimated by monitoring observed robocall trends for Americans who have trusted RoboKiller to stop spam calls.
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