DONALD Trump’s popularity has surged with voters since being admitted to hospital with coronavirus, a new poll suggests.
The John Zogby Strategies/EMI Research Solutions survey shows Biden ahead of Trump by just two points (49 percent to 47 percent) which is his smallest lead yet in their polls.
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One poll suggests President Trump has closed the gap on rival Joe Biden[/caption]
Observers say the news is a sign the president’s health issues and raucous debate display have not damaged his chances of re-election.
Pollster Zogby said: “Contrary to my own observations, it looks like the president has not been hurt by his debate performance nor his hospitalization.
“His 47 percent performance is actually one point higher than his vote percentage in 2016.”
And Zogby believes the president’s battle with coronavirus may have helped his cause.
He told Radio 4’s Today program with Trump showing “some vulnerability” many voters are now saying “we better back our conservative president whether we like it or not.”
Biden had a solid lead in the past two Zogby/EMI polls, showing that the race is tightening.
In their July 8 poll, Biden led Trump 49 percent to 42 percent, and in their latest poll, released Aug. 29, Biden had a six point lead.
The latest survey shows Biden is leading among those who have or plan to vote early while Trump has the edge with Election Day voters.
Biden is still ahead in other polls which were revealed over the weekend[/caption]
Trump waves at supporters gathered outside hospital as he battles the coronavirus[/caption]
“Among voters who have voted already, or plan to vote by mail, Biden leads 61 percent to 36 percent. On the flip side, among those who intend to vote in person, Trump leads 58 percent to 39 percent,” read the analysis.
Meanwhile, a poll carried out by the Democracy Institute and the Sunday Express shows Trump is still on course for victory with 46 percent of the popular support compared to his Democrat rival’s 45 percent.
The poll was completed after the news broke that President Trump and his wife Melania had both been infected by Covid-19.
But 68 percent said the illness would not affect their vote while 19 percent said they were “more likely” to support Trump and only 13 percent “less likely”.
However, other surveys put Biden well ahead in the race for the White House.
He has a lead over the president by 14 points among voters (53 percent to 39 percent) in the NBC/Wall Street Journal tally.
A Reuters poll suggested Biden had opened his widest lead in a month[/caption]
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic[/caption]
The advantage represents Biden’s largest lead in the poll during the entire campaign – his previous high was 11 points in July.
That news comes as a separate tally revealed the majority of Americans think the president could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously
The Reuters/Ipsos poll, released on Sunday, showed Biden had opened his widest lead in a month in the presidential race.
And an ABC News/Ipsos poll found 72 percent of Americans thought the president did not take the “risk of contracting the virus seriously enough.”
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic as something that would disappear on its own, chiding Biden as recently as last week for wearing a protective mask.
Among those adults who are expected to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, the Reuters poll found 51 percent were backing Biden, while 41 percent said they were voting for Trump.
Biden’s 10-point edge over Trump is one to two points higher than leads Biden posted over the past several weeks, though the increase is still within the poll’s precision limits of plus or minus five percentage points.
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With about a month to go before the election, Biden has maintained an early advantage in securing the national popular vote.
But to win the presidency, a candidate must prevail in enough states to win the Electoral College, and state polls show that Trump is nearly as popular as Biden in battleground states.
Trump, 74, was transferred to Walter Reed on Friday, hours after tweeting that he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Most Americans continue to be deeply worried about the virus, and the poll found that 65 percent agreed that “if President Trump had taken coronavirus more seriously, he probably would not have been infected.”