Biden widens lead over Trump; Republicans enthusiastic, but fear motivates Dems
Jun 20 2020
The Biden lead has widened slightly since the network's last poll, which found 48 percent backing Biden and 40 percent supporting Trump.
Ridge's group is one of several that are advocating for states to give voters safe choices, whether it's to go to the polls in person or to vote from home.
Despite the Trump campaign's early hopes that it could expand the Electoral College map from 2016, the president has so far advertised in the same six states where Biden is going up with ads, along with Iowa and OH, two states that Trump won more comfortably in 2016 and that were not initially expected to be crucial 2020 swing states.
The poll showed 50 percent of respondents favoring a vote for Biden, compared to 38 percent for Trump. The campaign said it would provide masks and hand sanitizer to attendees.
After aides recently warned Trump during the protests that his inflammatory tweets and comments were endangering victory in November, he said: "I have to be myself".
The numbers tell a different story. On police brutality and discrimination, 56% disapprove of the job Trump is doing, while 44% approve.
Mr Trump, who dismissed the threat of the coronavirus early on, sparred with state governors as they tried to slow its spread, and has pushed authorities to allow businesses to reopen despite warnings from health experts about risks of transmission.
Conducted June 13-16 2020 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 1,343 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide who spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones.
Just in the last three days, Trump has been dealt two Supreme Court defeats, on gay rights and the dreamers, with his appointee Neil Gorsuch defecting in the first case.
Trump has always walked the razor's edge as a candidate.
"The opposite is true among those backing Trump, as nearly twice as many of his supporters say enthusiasm is the motivation (62 per cent) rather than fear Biden could win (33 per cent)", it said. Republicans are fighting to keep their Senate majority, a conversation that Trump had with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the White House earlier this month.
Joe Biden has launched his first major advertising campaign of the general election race, spending $15 million in key states where President Trump is running spots attacking the former vice president.
Trump's overall approval rating during this moment of tremendous upheaval sits at 39%. Approval among rural voters tumbled 14 points over the past month, with more than half saying they are sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter protesters.
VoteSafe, which has been endorsed by Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, also calls on Congress to make sure that states have enough funding "to protect their voters and elections".
These unnamed advisers "say his repeated acts of political self-sabotage.have significantly damaged his re-election prospects, and yet he appears mostly unable, or unwilling, to curtail them".