With just over five weeks until the election, Joe Biden currently has a 10-point national lead over President Donald Trump, with the democrat candidate trusted more to help with the coronavirus pandemic, health care, and to deliver equal treatment of racial groups.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, Biden currently has a 54-44 percentage advantage over the president, although the number of voters who say they are sure of him to be able to handle the COVID-19 pandemic is down from the summer.
The poll showed that while more people trust Biden over Trump to handle the outbreak which has already killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. by 51-40 percent, this margin has shrunk from a 20 percent lead of 54-34 in mid-July.
The poll also notes that Trump remains in a “precarious position” of being the first president in 81 years of modern polling never to achieve majority approval during his time in office.
The survey finds that Trump is currently at 44 percent approval rating among all Americans. This includes a net 58 percent of voters who say they somewhat or strongly disapprove of his handling of the coronavirus.
Trump is polling more favorably when asked about the economy, which voters state as the most important issue of November’s election, ahead of COVID-19.
Trump has a 52 percent approval rating when asked how he is handling the economy, with 49 percent trusting the president to handle it compared to 46 percent who favor Biden.
A total of 40 percent of Americans believe the economy is also in good shape, up from 31 percent in August. Trump also leads by 82-17 percent against Biden among likely voters who rate the economy positively.
Despite frequently promising to bring back “law and order” to the country, Trump is not as trusted to handle crime compared to Biden, who polls ahead at 50-44 percent.
The poll also finds that Biden has a 20-point lead on Trump on ability to bring equal treatment of racial groups, a 16-point lead on trust with health care, and 8 points on handling the next Supreme Court nomination, and issue which now a major talking point following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death on September 18 aged 87.
Elsewhere, Biden trails behind Trump in terms of enthusiasm from those likely to vote for him, with 59 percentage declared they are “very enthusiastic” to support Trump, compared to 42 percent of Biden backers.
Nearly one in ten (9 percent) also stated they are “not at all” enthusiastic about voting for Biden at the upcoming election.
Trump and Biden are due to meet for their first presidential campaign debate on Tuesday.
The poll was conducted between September 21 and 24 by landline and cellular using a random national sample of 1,008 adults, including 889 registered voters and 739 likely voters.
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