Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 6 points in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two battleground states that Trump carried in 2016, a new poll from CBS shows.
The poll shows that 49% of Pennsylvania participants prefer Biden win the election compared to 43 percent who prefer Trump. 48% of people surveyed in Wisconsin also favor Biden, compared to Trump’s 42%.
CBS and YouGov surveyed 1,225 likely voters in Pennsylvania and 1,009 in Wisconsin from August 4-7, and their findings have a 3.7 percent margin of error. Elizabeth Harrington, national spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee told the Daily Caller in July that most polls aren’t accurate because they survey registered voters. She explained that the Trump campaign’s internal polls all survey likely voters when asked about recent comments made by Trump and new campaign chairman Bill Stepien.
The driving factor in CBS’ poll was the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 47% of participants, in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, said that Biden would do a better job handling the pandemic than Trump. 37% in Pennsylvania and 32% in Wisconsin said Trump would do a better job. (RELATED: ‘Hey, If I’m Wrong, I Will Lose An Election’ — Trump Digs His Heels In On ‘Black Lives Matter,’ National Anthem Protests)
The president does hold slight advantages over Biden on the economy, leading by one point in Pennsylvania and four points in Wisconsin.
Trump told a group of reporters gathered at the FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies facility in North Carolina back in July that his campaign’s internal polling showed him leading Biden in most battleground states.
“We’re leading in North Carolina. We’re leading in Pennsylvania. We’re leading in Arizona,” he said. “We’re leading nicely in Florida. I think our poll numbers are very good. We’re leading substantially in Georgia.”
“Four years ago, I was losing everywhere. I had poll numbers where I wasn’t going to win any state, and I ended up winning every one of them. You know the swing states, I wasn’t going to win any of them and I won all of them.”