Donald Trump was not happy with the latest Fox News Poll. After all, this was supposed to be his network. More and more, he has been turning to QAN when Fox polls lean away from him. This just might be one of those days.
The Atlantic describes the conservative networks this way.
‘He treats OAN like his sidepiece, and Fox News like a future ex-wife.’
The Fox News Poll showed that Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic candidates, bring an interesting combination of the old and the much younger, the long-time politician and a fresher version. Plus, that they stand five points ahead of the sitting president.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump and Mike Pence stand ready to continue their reign. At his last rally, not only did the president work on the 2020 race, he also felt as if he deserved to take the 2024 race, too, REV showed in the transcript of his weekend rally:
‘[W]e’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House. And then after that we’ll negotiate, right? ‘Cause we’re probably, based on the way we were treated, we’re probably entitled to another four after that.’
Biden-Harris lead Trump-Pence 51-46 in the Fox News Poll. With the five percentage point-margin, the Democrats’ number rests perfectly on the edge of the margin of error. The Fox News Poll was conducted after both the Democratic and the Republican national conventions
Of the likely voters, over 50 percent view Biden positively and trust him far beyond POTUS on the Supreme Court nominations, the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and uniting the country. The latter appears very important to Americans as Trump continues to try to divide the country at every opportunity.
The national poll was the first one Fox News has done among likely voters in 2020. In addition, this was the first time it had added the vice-presidential candidates in the vote preference question.
It appeared that both tickets had strong voter bases. Biden took the seniors, women, suburban voters, Blacks, Hispanics, and the millennials. Conversely, Trump led among men, rural voters, veterans, Whites, White Catholics, and Gen Xers. The veteran vote came as a surprise given the president’s negative comments about them. According to the Minnesota Star Tribune:
‘A recent Military Times poll taken before the Atlantic’s report shows views on Trump have steadily declined since his election in 2016, and service members now show a “slight but significant preference” for Joe Biden.’
Shaw said that campaigns tend to be about “partisan homecoming:”
‘Despite the often tumultuous events of the day, campaigns are often about partisan homecoming. Trump may be benefiting from this dynamic. It looks like Republican-leaning undecided voters have come around, both in the ballot and his job ratings.’
Due to the pandemic, most mail-in ballots favored Biden, (71 percent). Those voting in person favored Trump (58 percent).
Likely voters felt that Trump beat Biden on one issue, but one that was vital, the economy, by five points. On the other hand, Biden to the lead on other topics:
‘[R]acial inequality (+12), coronavirus (+8), health care (+8), Supreme Court nominations (+7), and immigration (+7 points) policing and criminal justice” (+7), while the two are rated about evenly on “maintaining law and order.” (Biden +2).
Ninety percent of those surveyed were worried about unemployment. Eighty percent the coronavirus and sixty percent crime and violence.
The images of burning cities on cable news have convinced 48 percent over 40 percent to describe protests as riots (48 percent to 40). They blame “left-wing radicals” to “right-wing radicals (39-33 percent) for the violence. Democrats were less likely to call the protests “riots,” than Republicans (30 to 68 percent).
Ironically, likely voters picked Biden to reunite the country over Trump by 13-points.
The Fox News poll was conducted on September 7 through 10. It had 1,311 live, randomly selected registered voters. It also incorporated 1,191 likely voters. The interview was done by both landlines and cell phones. The margin of error was 2.5 +/- percentage points for both registered and likely voters, which is considered a relative fair margin.
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