Donald Trump has fallen additional behind Joe Biden following bombshell experiences that the president knowingly misled Individuals in regards to the risks of COVID-19 and privately disparaged lifeless U.S. troopers as “suckers” and “losers,” in line with a brand new Yahoo Information/YouGov ballot. 

The survey, which was performed from Sept. 9 to 11, exhibits Biden main Trump by 10 share factors amongst registered voters, 49 % to 39 %. The earlier Yahoo Information/YouGov ballot discovered Biden forward by simply 6 factors instantly after the Republican Nationwide Conference.  

The outcomes counsel {that a} week of unrelenting and unflattering revelations about Trump — from the Atlantic report on his alleged contempt for Individuals wounded or killed in conflict (which appeared on Sept. 3) to Bob Woodward’s recordings of Trump admitting he downplayed the deadliness of COVID-19 (launched on Sept. 9) — has broken the president’s standing with voters. 

Requested if their opinion of Trump’s coronavirus response has modified due to Woodward’s massive scoop — a tape of Trump privately acknowledging the virus was “lethal stuff” at the same time as he publicly sought, in his personal phrases, “to play it down”— practically 1 / 4 of Individuals (23 %) say sure. Even 15 % of those that voted for Trump in 2016 say the Woodward information has modified their thoughts in regards to the president’s dealing with of the pandemic.

These would possibly appear to be small numbers. However in an age of maximum polarization, they may augur an actual shift. Total, 15 % of Individuals say the Woodward quotes have made them much less prone to vote to reelect the president in November — and a 3rd of those have been 2016 Trump supporters.

The army story appears to have had an analogous affect. Requested which candidate exhibits extra respect for the army, 50 % of registered voters title Biden, in comparison with 39 % for Trump. By the identical margin, voters say Biden would do a greater job main the army than the present commander in chief. 

Reactions to Trump’s reported remarks on the army have been predictably partisan, however practically 1 / 4 of independents (23 %) say the information elevated their help for Biden, in comparison with simply 9 % who say the information elevated their help for Trump. Six % of 2016 Trump supporters say they’ve moved towards Biden because of this.

This displays a bigger drawback for Trump. Only one % of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 supporters say they are going to vote for the president in November. On the similar time, eight % of Trump’s 2016 supporters say they are going to vote for Biden. 

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Registered voters reject Trump — and like Biden — on practically each main situation. As an illustration, a large majority of them (57 %) disapprove of the president’s dealing with of the pandemic; solely 40 % approve. By a 17-point margin (48 % sure to 31 % no) voters say the present coronavirus scenario within the U.S. could be higher proper now if Biden had been president as a substitute of Trump. 

Likewise, solely 37 % of registered voters approve of the way in which the president has dealt with the Black Lives Matter protests; 54 % disapprove. Within the wake of the protests in Kenosha, Wis., a fair bigger majority of registered voters (57 %) say Trump “makes issues worse” when he talks about race. Simply 27 % say he “makes issues higher.” By a 15-point margin, voters consider that Biden (49 %) would have dealt with the Black Lives Matter protests higher than Trump (34 %). 

Wanting ahead, a 10-point plurality thinks that if Biden is elected, there shall be much less violence of the type seen in Kenosha (42 %) fairly than extra (32 %). Half as many citizens consider Biden desires to “abolish the suburbs” (23 %) — a frequent Trump assault — than consider he desires to do no such factor (46 %). And a full 61 % predict there shall be extra violence if Trump is reelected, whereas simply 20 % say there shall be much less. 

Earlier than the Atlantic and Woodward tales broke, the nation’s consideration was centered on Trump’s push to launch a COVID-19 vaccine earlier than Election Day — an occasion that Trump marketing campaign advisers have privately known as “the holy grail.” 

However the Yahoo Information-YouGov ballot means that even an “October Shock” vaccine may not save Trump’s reelection bid. Solely 16 % of registered voters suppose {that a} vaccine launched earlier than Election Day could be protected; 58 % consider the alternative. Much more of them (62 %) say that it’s a nasty thought for Trump to push well being officers to launch a vaccine earlier than the election, with simply 17 % saying it’s a good suggestion. 

Sixty % of voters consider Trump’s motivation is political, greater than twice the quantity (27 %) who consider he desires a vaccine earlier than Nov. Three for medical causes. And amongst undecided voters or voters who plan to vote for somebody apart from Trump, a mere 7 % say a pre-election vaccine would make them extra prone to vote for the president. 5 occasions as many (34 %) say it might make them much less prone to vote for Trump.   


The Yahoo Information survey was performed by YouGov utilizing a nationally consultant pattern of 1,577 U.S. grownup residents interviewed on-line September 9 to 11, 2020. This pattern was weighted in line with gender, age, race and schooling primarily based on the American Group Survey, performed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, in addition to 2016 presidential vote, registration standing, geographic area and information curiosity. Respondents have been chosen from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be consultant of all U.S residents. The margin of error is roughly 3.Three %.



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