Recent polls have shown the apparent 2020 Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, pulling ahead of President Donald Trump.
Recent polls show the apparent 2020 Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, pulling ahead of President Donald Trump.
The 2020 election less than five months away and polls show former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump, even the campaign challenges of coronavirus.
Biden – the former vive-precident to Barack Obama has widened his lead considerably since last month, according to polling averages from RealClearPolitics.
The RCP poll average gives Biden a 7.8 percentage point lead over Trump — a significant jump from the 5.3-point edge Biden held in early May. On June 4, 2016, the RCP polling average showed then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by 1.5 points in comparision.
A Monmouth University poll of 742 registered voters released Wednesday found that Biden led Trump by 11 points, with 52% of voters supporting Biden and 41% backing Trump.
“Everyone knows public polling is notoriously wrong about President Trump,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, in a statement to CNBC. And he has a point, as previous campain polls with Hillary Clinton last time showed.
“Our internal data consistently shows the President running strong against a defined Joe Biden in all of our key states,” Murtaugh said.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump is trailing Biden even in private campaign polls, citing people briefed on recent polling results.
According to RCP, Biden also holds leads, albeit narrower ones, in key swing states Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which Trump flipped in 2016.
The polls from Monmouth and others surveyed respondents after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Which has led to a nationwide protests and pockets of worldwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality.
“The race continues to be largely a referendum on the incumbent. The initial reaction to ongoing racial unrest in the country suggests that most voters feel Trump is not handling the situation all that well,” Murray said in a press release.
Biden since March has largely campaigned from home through online events, though he delivered a public address in Philadelphia on Tuesday in which he vowed to “work to not only rebuild this nation, but to build it better than it was.”
Trump’s stance toward the protests has been aggressive, concentrating and calling out the violence and looting that has taken place in numerous cities and threatening to call in the National Guard.
According to Reuters/Ipsos, 64% of American adults said they were sympathetic to the protesters, while 27% said they were not.
“Instead of working to heal the raw wound of systemic racism and injustice ripped open once more by the murder of George Floyd, Trump has fomented hate and division,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates has said. “The American people are crying out for leadership that can win this battle for the soul of our nation, bring us together, overcome these crises, and build back so that we’re stronger than we’ve ever been before.”