Biden has an eleven-point advantage over the president, with Biden at 51 percent compared to Trump’s 40 percent among registered voters, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.
In a similar poll conducted just last week by Economist/YouGov, Biden had a 9-point advantage, a figure that’s climbed by two points this week, as Trump’s support decreased by one percentage point and Biden’s jumped by one percentage point.
Although Biden currently holds a significant lead over the president, both presidential candidates don’t have an enthusiastic support system. Among registered voters, 50 percent are dissatisfied or upset with Biden, while 57 percent feel the same about Trump. Only 24 percent are enthusiastic about the former vice president, and 29 percent are enthusiastic about Trump.
Within the most recent survey, 4 percent said they are unsure who they’ll vote for, 2 percent said they would vote for another candidate and 2 percent said they would not vote at all.
Another poll conducted by Quinnipiac University mirrored the results from the Economist/YouGov poll, as Biden holds another double-digit lead. The poll, taken after the Republican National Convention, revealed that Biden had 52 percent of support to Trump’s 42 percent.
The Quinnipiac poll—the polling institute’s first of the 2020 presidential race—suggested that the coronavirus remains a top concern among voters, as a majority of likely voters, or 57 percent, disapprove of Trump’s handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while only 41 percent of respondents said they approve of how he’s handled it.
“As racial strife, a seemingly endless pandemic, and an economy on life support unnerve Americans, voters foresee a more reliable lifeline in the Biden Harris ticket,” Tim Malloy, a polling analyst at Quinnipiac University, said.
The poll results come as media outlets and other polls report that the race for the White House bid is tightening.
According to RealClearPolitics average polling data, Biden has hovered around a 6 to 7 point lead for most of August. In July, however, Biden towered over Trump by 8 to 9 points, showing a more competitive race as election day grows closer.
The Economist/YouGov poll surveyed 1,500 adult U.S. citizens August 30–September 1, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.