Donald Trump manages to blast unflattering polls out of the water, much like some Greek leaders in 450 BC killed the messenger for bringing bad news. POTUS tries to destroy the credibility of the latest CNN poll by in effect, trying to kill it.
The Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump by 14 percentage points in its last poll, which was released on Monday. Of course, polls are only snapshots of a moment, but they give candidates some idea about where they stand. Polls lead the way toward midcourse corrections.
The CNN poll discovered that 55 percent of all voters would vote for Biden today. Only 41 percent would favor Trump, which is consistent with his base of supporters numbers. The president has led only that 41 percent during his four-year presidency, and that may simply not be enough to win the 2020 election in November. He has not managed to win over any other group of voters.
The coronavirus pandemic came at an inconvenient time for the sitting president. As of Monday morning, the pandemic claimed the lives of 112,000 Americans and infected 1.98 others. The nation has been quite honestly living in fear for their lives. Many if not most of them understood that Trump’s dilly-dallying at the beginning of the pandemic reaching the nation’s shores made him personally responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and for tanking the economy.
Then, there was the slow-motion murder by police of a black Minneapolis man George Floyd. The moment was perfect to set off a tinder box of volatile emotions in the public. Since those events happened, Trump’s numbers did not improve since the May CNN that showed Biden bringing in 51 percent and Trump at 46 percent. POTUS’ numbers worsened.
Only 38 percent of the interviewees approved of how Trump was doing his job. That was a significant seven-point drop from May’s poll. A full 57 percent of the interviewees disapproved of Trump’s job performance. The president’s approval rating has not been as low as it is today, since January 2019,
Sixty percent of all Americans disapproved of Trump’s heavy-handed approach to race relations. In addition, 65 percent of the interviewees noted that Trump’s handling the protests after Floyd’s death was videoed was “more harmful than helpful.”
POTUS criticized the violence and looting that happened in parallel to the peaceful demonstrations. Ultra-conservative white extremists were arrested for being behind some of that violence. Trump said he would throw in the US military, if the cities did not tamp down the unrest.
The new poll showed that an astounding 84 percent of the interviewees agreed that these protests condemning “racial injustice and political brutality” were justified. Almost 70 percent indicated that the violence was not justified. Twenty-seven percent of the interviewees believed Trump’s actions were justified.
On Sunday, NBC News-Wall Street Journal released a poll that indicated Biden carried a seven-point lead nationally over Trump. RealClearPolitics’s latest poll was consistent with the other polls, showing Biden with a seven-point lead over Trump.
CNN conducted its poll between June 1 and June 5. inclusive. The random sampling included 1,259 voting-age adults and 1,125 registered voters. The margin of error was reasonable 3.4 +/- among all interviewees and 3.6 +/- among voters.
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