Biden enjoys staggering 17-point lead in key battleground state while up seven in Michigan

Chris Riotta
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Biden leads Trump in new poll for his handing of the coronavirus as it is revealed majority of voters do not care about Amy Coney Barrett's nomination (AFP via Getty Images)
Biden leads Trump in new poll for his handing of the coronavirus as it is revealed majority of voters do not care about Amy Coney Barrett's nomination (AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is struggling to secure support in battleground states critical to his re-election, as new polls show former Vice President Joe Biden with clear advantages in Michigan in Wisconsin.

The president won both states in 2016, though he now appears to be trailing his Democratic opponent just six days before the end of the 2020 election cycle.

Mr Biden has a 17-point lead against Mr Trump in the state of Wisconsin, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Wednesday.

The Democratic nominee also maintains a 7-point lead against the Republican incumbent in the state of Michigan, the survey revealed. Meanwhile, more than 70 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the national election, with a historic rise in early voting associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

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The polls follow a consistent trend throughout the course of the election cycle that has shown Mr Biden with a significant advantage against the president in several key states, as well as tightening races in swing states like Arizona.

Some polls have even shown Mr Biden with a possibility of defeating Mr Trump in the solidly red state of Texas, though it will remain unclear if the Democrat will be able to surmount a victory in any of these states until official results are announced following Election Day.

Still, Mr Biden appears to have growing grassroots support behind him as polls show him with an increasing lead in several states.

The Democratic nominee’s campaign has repeatedly announced record-level fundraising hauls, raising $364.5 million in August throughout the Democratic National Convention and the introduction of California Senator Kamala Harris to the ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

Mr Biden appeared to be leading the president across a variety of voting blocs, from women to moderate and independent voters.

In Michigan, the former vice president has 51 percent support among voters compared to 44 percent for Mr Trump, according to the poll.

A majority of voters also said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and that they were at least somewhat concerned that they or a loved one could become infected with Covid-19.

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