A new CNN poll indicates that former vice president Joe Biden’s popularity is plummeting since he picked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate. President Donald Trump is closing in on his lead nationally and in battleground states.
Biden and Harris had a national 4-point advantage over Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at 50%-46% in the new poll conducted by SSRS, a 10-point movement toward Trump since the last poll in June.
The 4-point advantage for the Democratic ticket was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The survey, carried out from August 12-15, shows Biden’s lead shrinking to just one point over Trump in 15 key election battleground states at 49%-48%. They represent a more Republican-leaning playing field than the nation as a whole, according to CNN’s analysis.
The poll listed the swing states as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Did the Harris pick trigger movement among voters nationwide towards Trump and Pence? The trend was most significant among men and those between the ages of 35 and 64.
In June the poll showed Biden up 14 points at 55 per cent, and Trump at 41 percent suggesting a dramatic shift in voter preference.
Biden announced that Harris would be his running mate on August 11, one day before the survey began. Harris tweeted that Biden “can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
Biden’s selection of Harris as his running mate was rated as excellent or pretty good by 52 per cent of those polled.
Although 57 per cent said it reflected favorably on Biden’s ability to make important presidential decisions, the swing toward Trump suggested that respondents lost confidence in the Democratic ticket.
Voters between the ages of 35 to 64 were leaning toward Biden in June but now tilt towards backing Trump.
Just 38% of Biden voters in the CNN poll said they’re voting “for Biden” while 67% of Trump supporters said they’re voting “for Trump.”
Democrats reacted to the poll with horror, hoping it was an outlier. They also questioned the polarization among voters by gender, with men overwhelmingly supporting Trump and women giving their support to Biden.
The poll found that it was men who had changed their minds to lean more towards Trump since June, with 56 per cent backing Trump and 40 per cent backing Biden.
The survey’s results were published on Sunday and comes ahead of the two parties’ major political conventions.
Trump has also consolidated his support among Republicans, according to the findings. While 8 per cent of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents said they would back Biden in June, now only 4 per cent say they will support the Democratic candidate.
Trump has improved his standing among conservatives from 76 per cent to 85 per cent.
The CNN poll was carried out on a random national sample of 1,108 adults reached on landlines or cellphones.