Poll: Trump Comments on Virus, Military Accusations Helped Biden



President Donald Trump slipped further behind the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden in the wake of revelations he knowingly downplayed the dangers of COVID-19 and allegedly disparaged fallen soldiers, a new poll showed.

The Yahoo News/YouGov survey of registered voters conducted from Sept. 9-11 showed Biden leading Trump 49% to 39%. A previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll had Biden ahead by 6 points.

The new poll comes after a week of disparaging reports about Trump, including The Atlantic’s controversial report on the president’s contempt for wounded or dead soldiers — a claim that was disputed by officials who were present when he supposedly made the remark — and journalist Bob Woodward’s interviews with the president in which he admitted playing down the pandemic.

According to the poll, 23% of registered voters say his remarks on the pandemic changed their opinion of his handling of the crisis; 15% of Trump voters say the Woodward news changed their mind about his response to the pandemic.

Overall, 15% say the Woodward quotes have made them less likely to vote to reelect the president in November; a third of that group were 2016 Trump supporters, the poll found.

As for the military comments, 50% of registered voters name Biden as having more respect for the military; 39% said so of Trump. By the same margin, voters say Biden would do a better job leading the military than the current commander in chief, the poll found.

Among independents, 23% say the news increased their support for Biden, compared to 9% who say the news increased their support for Trump; 6% of 2016 Trump supporters say they have moved toward Biden as a result.

The poll’s margin of error is about 3.3%.

In other findings, the poll found:

  • 57% disapprove of the president’s handling of the pandemic; only 40% approve.
  • 48% say the United States would be better right now if Biden had been president instead of Trump; 31% disagreed.
  • 37% approve of the way the president has handled the Black Lives Matter protests; 54% disapprove.
  • In the wake of the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 57% say Trump “makes things worse” when he talks about race; 27% say he “makes things better.”
  • 49% believe Biden would have handled the Black Lives Matter protests better; 34% thought Trump handled it better than Biden would have.
  • 42% believe if Biden is elected, there’ll be less violence like that seen in Kenosha, Wisconsin; 32% believe there’ll be more.
  • 23% believe Biden wants to “abolish the suburbs” as Trump has warned; 46% believe he does not.
  • 61% predict there will be more violence if Trump is reelected; 20% say there will be less.
  • 16% think a vaccine released before Election Day would be safe; 58% believe the opposite. Also, 62% say it’s a bad idea for Trump to push health officials to release a vaccine before the election; 17% say it’s a good idea.

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