Another poll gives good news for Joe Biden this weekend as the former vice president enjoys a decisive lead in two states that were key to President Donald Trump’s victory. Biden is leading Trump with 48 percent-42 percent in Wisconsin, according to the CBS / YouGov Battleground Tracker poll. The same poll shows Biden leading in Pennsylvania with 49 percent, compared to 43 percent of Trump. In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin with 47 percent of the vote while he took Pennsylvania with 48 percent.
Most voters in the two main states are dissatisfied with running the country. Three-quarters of voters in both states say things are going badly in the United States. And when it comes to treating the coronavirus, 47 * percent of voters in each state say Biden would do a better job than Trump. In contrast, only 37 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania and 32 percent of those in Wisconsin say Trump would do a better job with the pandemic. And it is the pandemic that has become the main indicator of candidate voter support. Biden has a clear advantage among those who are very concerned about contracting COVID-19, while Trump has the support of the vast majority of those who are not at all concerned about getting the coronavirus.
Although a majority of voters in both states said Biden’s election as vice president is not particularly important to them, a closer look at the numbers suggests it could have a profound effect on the race. A majority of those already committed to supporting Biden say his election as vice president is not important. On the contrary, among those who do not vote for Biden but say they can count on his support, 70 percent say the election of a vice president is important.
Biden’s long-awaited decision on his vice-presidential candidate is expected this week. The Democratic nominee nominee spent the weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and may announce his final decision in the coming days. But given that Biden has already missed the deadlines he has set for himself to make the election public, those close to the former vice president are sure to point out that the only real deadline is the National Democratic Convention, which starts on August 17th.
For now all anyone can do is speculate. Michigan Govchen Gretchen Whitmer, for example, traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Biden. Others who are clearly in the running include Sen. Kamala Harris and President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice. Rep. Karen Bass of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth are also believed to still be in office. Florida Rep. Dem Valings and New Mexico New Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham are also reportedly under consideration. Biden made a brief shock on Saturday when a Fox News reporter asked him during a bike ride if he had chosen a running mate. “Yes, I have,” Biden said. When the reporter asked who he was, Biden exclaimed, “You.” Biden’s campaign later made it clear that the former vice president was merely a joke. “I can not believe anyone thought we would break this news with FOX while Joe Biden is on a bike ride,” Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden’s campaign, tweeted.
Correction at 6:48 p.m.: Because of a crackdown, this section initially said that 4 percent of voters in each state believed Biden would do a better job than Trump in treating the coronavirus.
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