President Donald Trump is leading presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in every battleground state, according to a shocking new poll.
Trump is winning with voters, including independents, in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona, according to the CNBC/Change Research poll.
Poll: Trump leads Biden in battlegrounds
The survey of voters in battleground states found that 48% preferred Trump, whereas 46% favored Biden. Among independents, Trump led with 41% to Biden’s 32%.
Voters who were polled trusted Trump more to handle the economy by a margin of 51%–40%, Breitbart reported, but Trump and Biden tied on who is best suited to manage the coronavirus crisis.
The states polled are all considered key battlegrounds for the November election: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The president dominated those states in 2016, paving the way for his historic upset victory.
Trump had been heading into his re-election bid with a robust economy behind him before the coronavirus precipitated a historic financial meltdown that put millions of Americans out of work. The pandemic reshaped the campaign itself as well, with Trump and Biden both forced to limit travel, probably to Biden’s benefit more than Trump’s.
The poll of 5,408 likely voters was taken between May 15 and 17 and has a margin of error of 1.9%.
President remains strong amid pandemic
As most states begin ending lockdowns to varying degrees, the president has displayed sunny confidence that the economy will soon bounce back quickly, hailing an imminent “transition to greatness,” as The Washington Times reported.
However, the pandemic and governmental responses to it have become political footballs all their own, with Republicans more likely to view lockdowns as a problem than Democrats — and as one might expect, the CNBC poll found split opinions on the coronavirus crisis straight down the line, on everything from who deserves blame for the outbreak’s severity to the contentious issue of requiring masks in public places.
While 71% of Republicans polled said that things are improving, just 12% of Dems and 35% of independents said the same. Republicans were divided on whether there will be a second wave of the virus, with 41% saying “maybe” and 38% saying likely or definitely not, while fully 71%of Democrats said there “definitely” will be a resurgence of infections. Democrats and independents would blame Donald Trump for any “second wave,” and Republicans would blame China, according to the survey.
The poll also discovered that Republicans were more likely to support protests against lockdowns and to view those who wear masks in an unfavorable light.
While Trump may currently be facing some powerful headwinds as a result of the pandemic, he’s not doing as poorly as the gloomiest prognosticators would have Americans believe.