Former Vice President Joe Biden has seen a sharp decline in his approval ratings since former Senate staffer Tara Reade accused him of sexual assault, at least one new poll shows.
Just 34% of voters have a favorable opinion of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, compared to 56% of voters who have an unfavorable opinion of Biden, according to a poll published Wednesday by the left-wing Daily Kos. The same poll found that 43% of Americans have a favorable opinion of President Donald Trump, compared to 55% who have an unfavorable opinion of the president. (RELATED: Trump Tells Biden On Tara Reade’s Accusations: ‘Just Go Out And Fight It’)
Despite Trump’s approval ratings being significantly higher, the poll found that Biden maintains a narrow lead over Trump among national voters, leading the president 47-44%. The poll was conducted among 1,546 adults between May 2-5, and has a margin of error of roughly 2.5%.
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The Daily Kos poll was one of the first to be released since the former vice president broke his silence on allegations that he sexually assaulted a female aide in 1993, when Biden serving as a U.S. senator from Delaware. Biden denied those allegations during an appearance on MSNBC last week. (RELATED: Joe Biden Has A Long History Of Opposing Due Process In Sexual Assault Cases)
“I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t,” Biden told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
However, 26% of Democrats now believe that Biden should drop out of the race, including 40% of voters under the age of 45, according to a Morning Consult poll published Tuesday.