Joe Biden maintains his national poll lead over Donald Trump while state surveys have him up in Florida, Minnesota AND North Carolina with the election just five days away
- Biden continues to hold a lead in national surveys
- A Monmouth poll has him up 51-45 in Florida over President Trump
- A New York Times / Siena poll has Biden edging Trump 48-45 in North Carolina
- He holds a narrow lead in Minnesota
- Trump continues to claim there will be a ‘red wave’ on election day
- SCOTUS ruling will allow ballots to come in after election day in Pa., N.C.
Joe Biden is maintaining his national poll lead over President Donald Trump – with an 8-point lead in a new USA Today poll and Trump still under water in his national approval rating.
The same USA Today poll that has Biden leading Trump 52-44 has the president’s approval rating at a perilous 44 to 53 rating.
In the latest Gallup survey, Trump’s approval is at 46, with 52 per cent disapproval. His approval hasn’t hit 49 per cent in the survey since January. Incumbents with upside-down approval ratings tend to have difficulty getting reelected.
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump in national polls, as well as in key battleground polls released Thursday
The real battle is in the state-by-state race for the Electoral College, but Thursday’s news was mostly bad for the president there as well.
A new New York Times / Siena survey has has Biden edging Trump 48-45 in North Carolina, a state Trump carried in 2016 where Biden has assembled a narrow polling lead in a state considered a tossup.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that both North Carolina and Pennsylvania can count ballots postmarked by Election Day that come in later. In the case of North Carolina, they can be counted through Nov. 12th. Democrats have been pushing mail-in voting, but the state also has many military members, some of whose mail ballots could go Trump’s way.
With Trump boxed out in many states and Biden having multiple paths to 270 electoral votes, Trump’s campaing still hopes to pry Minnesota out of the Democratic column after coming close there in 2016.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa
U.S. President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump ahead of a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida, U.S., October 29, 2020
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 27, 2020. – Biden is in Florida for campaign events in Broward County and Tampa
But on Thursday two polls, including a Trafalgar poll that has had Trump over performing polls in other states, had Biden up there.
He led 47 42 in a SurveyUSA poll, and and 48 to 45 in the Trafalgar Group poll. Biden heads to the state Friday afternoon – an indication his team does not want to leave it to chance after earlier sending him to Republican-leaning battlegrounds like Georgia.
In Ohio, a state Trump carried in 2016, a new Gravis poll has him up over Biden 49 to 47.
‘The best news for Trump today is the Ohio poll, which has him leading a large, important state (albeit by a small margin) that could swing either way,’ wrote analyst Ron Faucheux of Certus Insights in his poll newsletter Thurdsay. ‘Other than that, It’s hard to find much Trump swing-state momentum.’