There’s good news for Donald Trump in a new poll, as the president looks to capture the battlegrounds that helped him win his first term in office.
According to a new CBS/YouGov poll, Trump is in a dead heat with rival Joe Biden in the swing state of Ohio, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump, Biden in a dead heat in Ohio: poll
The poll was taken between September 30 and October 2, after the president’s first debate with Biden.
The showdown seemed to make little impact: Trump and Biden are both at 47 percent, with five percent of voters undecided. 2 percent said they would vote for someone else. President Trump’s standing in the poll is down a bit from July, when he was leading by one point, but the difference falls within a margin of error of 3.7 percent.
Back in 2016, the president won battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania with a promise to bring back manufacturing jobs lost to globalization, and he has hammered Biden repeatedly for his role in sending those jobs overseas.
The poll found that only 41 percent of voters trust Biden to protect manufacturing, compared with 49 percent for Trump.
More voters trust Trump to handle their top issue — the economy — with 50 percent favoring Trump on that front, but more trust Biden to handle coronavirus, with 47 percent favoring Biden there compared to 41 percent for Trump.
Race tightens in battlegrounds
It’s the latest survey to show positive news for Trump in the battlegrounds, even as Biden maintains a stubborn lead nationally, with a post-debate poll from NBC showing Biden ahead by 14 points.
As the Examiner notes, although polling in Ohio is somewhat scarce, this poll is more favorable to Trump than most, including a recent Fox News poll that showed Biden leading by five points.
The CBS/YouGov poll found Biden leading Trump by seven points in Pennsylvania, another state that was critical to Trump’s victory, with 51 percent supporting Biden versus 44 percent for Trump.
Biden is leading Trump by just one point in Ohio in the popular RealClearPolitics average.
There was more good news for the Trump campaign on Monday, as it was announced that the president was scheduled to be discharged from Walter Reed hospital following treatment for the coronavirus.