Who did Karens vote for?

While Americas are on edge this election waiting to see who the next president of the United States will be, it might surprise you that The New York Times and Siena College have paired up together to tally some data of their own. 

The New York Times and Siena College have taken a unique angle during this election, collecting voting preferences from individuals who have the top 102 most common names. The results are, well... interesting. 

More than 17,000 voters were polled for this study, and the sample group spanned 18 battleground states. Only individuals who voted either Biden or Trump are reflected in the data. Take it as you will, this database gives an interesting insight on how Americans vote based on their first name. What does that mean for our nation? Well, we’ll let you decide. 

Before you look at the data, you can try your hand at picking out some of the potential patterns that popped up by taking this quiz researchers have put together. 

The Results

Below is a graphic of how Americans with the top 10 most common male and female names voted. Some other interesting trends included the following: 

  • Donalds prefered Trump at an overwhelming 68%. 
  • Sarahs prefered Biden at 68%. 
  • Heathers prefered Biden at 61%.
  • Patricks prefered Biden at 65%. 


Voter preferences for top 10 most common male and female names. Credit: New York Times

What do you think of the results of this unique poll? Did any names stand out and surprise you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!