According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Democratic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden was found leading over the only Republican presidential candidate, President Donald Trump among registered voters. Amid the miserable hours because of the coronavirus outbreak and subsided the election campaign of the former vice president, the poll showed that Biden’s support expanded over his rival, Trump.
Biden over Trump
More than 1,100 American adults participated the opinion poll, which was conducted on Monday and Tuesday, and the poll showed that 46% of registered voters would support Biden if he were running against Trump for the 2020 US presidential election to be held on November 3, 2020. Meanwhile, Trump only received 40% support from the voters.
The poll evaluated the result saying Biden, who had a 1-point lead in a similar poll that held from March 6 to 9, had recorded advantage of 6 percentage points. This means that Biden’s position remained strong politically despite his less visibility in media due to the widespread virus impact on the election campaign. The US, having the highest number of the virus-infected cases in the world, has forced to shut election campaigns across the country and election officials in many states have postponed their nominating contests.
Meanwhile, the Republican president, Trump has been in the limelight of the national news media as he holds almost daily TV briefings about the virus, which has infected more than 184,000 people in the United States and killed more than 3,700 people. Still, the poll showed that Trump’s supporters, who held a high view about the Trump administration’s response to the virus epidemic, remained stagnant over the past few weeks.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll’s Analysis
The Reuters/Ipsos poll, which was conducted online in English throughout the US, had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 3 percentage points. Analysts commented on the result of the poll that Trump’s response to the virus epidemic posed an important factor in deciding the opinion poll.
Trump initially denied the experts’ suggestion regarding the severity of the coronavirus outbreak and later had shown a difference of opinion with states’ governors over the requests for medical supplies and many other healthcare concerns. He initialized the extension of the shutdown measures to slow the spread of the virus against the advice of the public health professionals.
The poll showed that Trump received around 44% support for his overall performance and voters rated 48% when it comes to his responses to the virus outbreak in the US. Meanwhile, the rating was low as compared with a 70% approval rating among respondents for their state governors’ handling of the pandemic.
The poll also showed that nearly 89% of the respondents viewed that they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned by the respiratory disease. Meanwhile, about 26% of adults in the US were found furious over losing their jobs and it was up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that ran last week.
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