Americans do not think Donald Trump looks well in comparison to former Vice President Joe Biden. One of the primary reasons for that is the Trump administration has been built upon a gloomy structure of fear, anger, and self-pity. Conversely, the Joe Biden campaign offers hope, promise, and voter success. That difference was reflected in a poll released Monday.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll was conducted as Biden announced his vice president choice, Senator Kamala Harris, to run alongside of him as his vice president.
Only 14 percent of Americans felt that POTUS had the COVID-19 virus under control. In addition, two-thirds of those polled indicated they believed the economy was in bad shape. That statistic has not been that bad since late in 2014. As a consequence, voters reacted vociferously:
‘As the virtual Democratic National Convention opens, Biden holds a 12 percentage-point lead over Trump among registered voters, 53-41%, and a similar 10 points among likely voters, 54-44%, with two and a half consequential months to go.’
Biden’s enthusiasm score was far ahead of the sitting president’s score prior to him choosing Harris as his running mate. People approved of Biden’s choice 54 percent to 29 percent by an outstanding 25-point margin.
Only 33 percent of Republicans blasted Harris for being “too liberal,” a GOP talking point. Overall, 52 percent approved of her favorability. Biden came in at 50 percent, Pence at 44 percent, and Trump at 42 percent.
Trump’s strong unfavorability rating was 56 percent. Secretary Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating was 42 percent four years ago as she headed into the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
The president has never reached a majority approval rating throughout his three and one-half years in office. Forty-three percent approve, and 55 percent disapprove.
A full 59 percent disapproved of Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, there was sixty-five percent of Americans who were very or somewhat worried they would contract the virus. Twenty-nine percent reflected the severe economic consequences of the pandemic:
‘That rises in some groups, to about four in 10 Black people, Hispanics, lower-income and younger adults and, notably, politically independent women. Independents can be swing voters.’
Trump’s strongest point prior to the pandemic was a growing stock market, which of course is not the same as the economy. As the pandemic rolled across the nation, 68 percent call the economy as in “not-so-good or poor shape.” That is the lowest percentage since late in 2014.
When compared to Biden’s handling of the economy, Trump was relatively even.
Should the former vice president be in office, interviewees believed he would do far better than Trump in three areas. On the pandemic, Biden led by 22 percentage points. On health care, he led by 13 points, and on race relations, 26 points.
This poll was performed via landlines and also cell phones from August 12 through 15, 2020. The poll was conducted in both English and Spanish. A random sampling of 1,001 adults was interviewed with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. The poll was among 31 percent of Democrats, 26 percent among Republicans, and 37 percent Independents. The last statistic was significant, because Independent voters will likely carry the election over both Democrats or Republicans.