NEW YORK (VINnews) — A new poll released Wednesday shows Joe Biden leading President Trump by a significant 14-point margin- 50% to 36%. The New York Times/Siena College poll demonstrates that the economy, coronavirus and in particular the way the Black Life Matter protests were managed have harmed the president’s reelection campaign.
Biden is ahead by 14 points among women and 3 points among men. Among independent voters he leads by a hefty 21-point margin. Trump leads among registered Republicans and in only one demographic group: white, non college-educated voters, where he has a 19-point lead over his Democrat rival. The poll, conducted between June 17 and June 22, has a margin of error of plus-minus 3 percent.
In terms of approval rating, Trump can still rely on his handling of the economy where he has a 50% approval rating. However only 39% supported his handling of criminal justice, 38% agreed with the way he handled the coronavirus, 33% approved of the way he dealt with race relations and just 29% approved of the way he handled the George Floyd protests last month.
Trump’s attempts to jumpstart his campaign have so far not gained momentum. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump only managed to fill a third of the stadium and his statement there that he ordered slowing of coronavirus tests because it showed increased infection was met with derision, even though he later said that he had been ‘joking.’ The Pheonix rally with students was more crowded but images from the event showed that people were tightly packed together and almost nobody wore protective masks despite a despite a public-health plea from the Democratic mayor of the city on Monday.
Biden on the contrary has been campaigning mainly online from his Delaware home as well as conducting successful fundraisers to promote his campaign.
The 14-point margin of difference is the same one measured by CNN in a poll in early June. At the time the Trump campaign demanded that CNN retract its findings but after the present poll, Biden leads after averaging all the polls by over 10 percentage points.
The telephone survey of 1,337 registered voters was conducted from June 17 to 22 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.