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May 06, 2020

Reuters Poll: Biden Loses Edge as Public Sees Trump More Fit to Lead on Economy, Pandemic

Whoopsie.

Joe Biden's advantage over President Donald Trump in popular support has eroded in recent weeks as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee struggles for visibility with voters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The opinion poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday found that 43% of registered voters said they would support Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election, while 41% said they would back Trump. That makes the contest essentially a toss-up, as the results are within the poll's credibility interval.

Biden led by 6 percentage points in a similar poll last week and by 8 points in a poll that ran April 15 to 21.

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According to the poll, 45% of Americans said Trump was better suited to create jobs, while 32% said Biden was the better candidate for that. That pushed Trump's advantage over Biden in terms of job creation to 13 points, compared with the Republican president's 6-point edge in a similar poll that ran in mid-April.

Thirty-seven percent said Trump was better leading the country's coronavirus response, while 35% preferred Biden. A similar poll in mid-April showed Biden had a slight edge over Trump when it came to the nation's response to the disease.

One trait in which Joe Biden commands a clear lead is in the category of being a "strong and forceful fingerbanger who won't take no for an answer," beating Trump by 22 points.

That might not be a real finding.

Overall, 42% of Americans said they approved of Trump's performance in office, and 53% said they disapproved.

That 42% is low, but Obama had low approval ratings throughout 2012. It rose a bit near the election -- as people decided to settle on voting for that shit-fingered Midas -- and then fell again immediately after the election.



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