2020-06-17 15:22:38 UTC
Former Vice President Joe Biden's national lead over President Trump has
increased to 13 points, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll finds.
In the survey, 48 percent of respondents said that they would vote for Biden,
the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, with 35 percent saying that
they would support for Trump.
The president has seen his poll numbers flail in recent months as criticism of
his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his response to nationwide protests
sparked by the police killing of George Floyd mount.
Fifty-five percent of respondents said they disapprove of Trump's handling of
the pandemic, which has killed over 115,000 Americans, with just 40 approving of
his response to the crisis.
Conversely, about two-thirds of those surveyed were sympathetic to the protests
that have been going on for more than three weeks. Trump has taken an openly
aggressive stance against the protests, some of which devolved into looting and
property damage, and has repeatedly threatened use of military force to quell
the unrest, raising eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
According to the new poll, Trump's support among Republicans has fallen 13
points since March.
At 38 percent among all respondents, the president's approval rating is the
lowest it has been since November, during Congress's impeachment proceedings.
The silver lining in the poll for the president was the economy, with 43 percent
of respondents saying that Trump would be better for the economy, while 38
percent favored Biden.
Conducted June 10-16, the poll surveyed 4,426 registered voters and has a margin
of error of 2 percentage points.