Following his COVID-19 diagnosis and role in what some are calling
the worst presidential debate of all time, President Donald Trump is now
trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in several key polls.
According to a new CNBC/Change Research poll, Biden garners 50
percent of support compared to Trump?s 45 percent in crucial states like
Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The
poll surveyed 2,688 likely voters in the six states over the weekend as news
rolled in about the president?s condition.
In a recent nationwide CNN poll, it was concluded that Biden now
holds the largest lead of the cycle. Among
likely voters, 57 percent said they support Biden while 41 percent backed
Trump. The poll also revealed that voters prefer Biden when it comes to a
number of issues including the coronavirus outbreak (59 percent prefer Biden,
38 percent Trump), health care (59 percent to 39 percent), racial injustice in
America (62 percent to 36 percent), nominations to the Supreme Court (57
percent to 41 percent) and crime and safety (55 percent to 43 percent).
Voters also believe Biden is a candidate who
would unite the country (61 percent Biden to 33 percent Trump), who is honest
and trustworthy (58 percent Biden to 33 percent Trump), who cares about people
like you (58 percent Biden to 38 percent Trump), who has a clear plan to solve
the nation’s problems (55 percent to 39 percent) and who would keep Americans
safe from harm (55 percent to 43 percent).
Biden also has a 14-point lead over Trump in a
new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The Democratic nominee leads Trump 53
percent to 39 percent among registered voters. This survey was taken after the
first presidential debate between the two, but before news of Trump?s positive
COVID-19 results – proving that the chaotic debate had a direct impact on
Trump?s standing with the American people.
The polls also reflect public opinion on Trump?s handling of his
own diagnosis and overall attitude toward the severity of the coronavirus.
Trump was released from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday after contracting
COVID-19. His doctor, Navy Cdr. Sean Conley, said that Trump isn?t completely
?out of the woods? for another week but that ?he?s back.? The president tweeted
about his release, saying that citizens shouldn?t fear the coronavirus.
?I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at
6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don?t be afraid of Covid. Don?t let it dominate
your life. … I feel better than I did 20 years ago!? Trump tweeted.
Doctors and epidemiologists expressed the danger of Trump making
statements that could lead to people not taking the virus seriously and downplaying
?It?s an unconscionable message,? said Dr. Sadiya Khan of
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. ?I would go so far as to
say that it may precipitate or worsen spread.?
A majority of the public also appear to be dissatisfied with the
president?s actions. The CNBC poll revealed that 39 percent of those surveyed
think Trump took the appropriate precautions to prevent himself from getting
exposed to the virus, while 55 percent said he failed to do so. In contrast, 75
percent said they believe Biden has taken the right steps to avoid
Since the news broke on Oct. 1 that Trump and his wife Melania
Trump tested positive for the virus, several family members and government
officials who’ve been in close proximity to him have been tested. Mike Pence
and Joe Biden have both tested negative.
Other cases in and around the White House include top Trump adviser Hope Hicks, White House
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Trump body
man Nick Luna, an unnamed press staffer, former White House counselor Kellyanne
Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Republican
Sens. Thom Tillis, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson.
Trump appears to be adamant about continuing his campaign as
planned but many are questioning how the recent uptick in government cases will
impact the election and debates. A source within the Biden campaign confirmed
that the Commission on Presidential Debates
approved plexiglass barriers at the vice-presidential debate between Pence and
Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
The Trump campaign said that the president plans
to still participate in the next presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 15.