Biden leads Trump by 9 points nationally in latest poll
London, August 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 9 points nationally with the less than three months before the 2020 election, according to an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday.
Less than three months before November’s election, 50% of registered voters nationally say they would vote for Biden if the election were held now, while 41% back Trump.
The findings represent little shift in public sentiment from a similar poll conducted in July that showed Biden with an 11-point advantage over Trump.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden start their nominating conventions this month with Trump struggling to reach a level of job approval that would make re-election more likely and his challenger drawing soft support that could present turnout challenges, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.
Biden, however, is failing to generate widespread enthusiasm, the poll finds. For the past year he has been viewed more negatively than positively among the broader electorate — as has been the president — although Biden’s positive rating increased 5 percentage points between July and August to reach 39%.
Biden carries double-digit advantages over Trump on handling issues such as the coronavirus and health care. Forty-nine percent of voters said Biden was better suited to handle the current health crisis, while just 33 percent said the same of Trump. Meanwhile, Biden leads Trump by 24 percentage points on handling race relations.
Voters said Trump was better equipped to handle the economy and crime, however, according to the poll.
“Clearly, Biden is in the lead. Clearly, Trump has a lot of problems,” Democratic pollster Peter Hart told NBC News.
The new survey was conducted during and after Biden announced his vice president selection. The poll found that Harris holds a higher net approval rating (+4) than Trump (-12), Biden (-6) and Vice President Pence (-5).
Thirty-nine percent of voters said they held a positive view of the California senator, while 35 percent said they had a negative view of her. Feelings about Harris divided starkly along party lines, with 71 percent of Biden voters saying they held a positive view of her and just 4 percent of Trump voters saying the same. ADVERTISEMENT
In their first appearance together following the vice presidential announcement, Biden and Harris denounced Trump’s response to the coronavirus and how he’s handled race relations in the country. Harris also called out Trump’s handling of the economy, saying, “Like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground.”
National and state polls have continued to show Biden with substantial advantages over Trump in his bid for the White House. A “States of Play” survey from CNBC and Change Research released last week found Biden leading Trump in five of six battleground states, including Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll was conducted between Aug. 9 and Aug. 12 among a population of 900 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
“This poll is a warning for Democrats and the Biden team that there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who worked on the survey with Bill McInturff, a Republican, and Jeff Horwitt, a Democrat.
In another sign of potential softness in the Democrats’ support, 58% of those who back Biden say their vote is more in opposition to Trump than in favour of their chosen candidate.
By contrast, those planning to cast a ballot for Trump are more enthusiastic about their choice, with almost three-quarters saying their vote is more for him than against Biden