However, in both subgroups, Mr Trump fell short of his 2016 benchmarks. He led by 14 points with white voters without four-year qualifications; In 2016, he won these voters with 32 points, according to surveys. He had a 26-point advantage among the country’s voters; Four years ago, he won the polls in rural Pennsylvania with 37 points.
The first presidential debate on Tuesday evening gives Mr Trump an opportunity to stir up the race, and the poll found some Biden supporters are in a defensive crouch. Voters were very divided on who they wanted to win the debate: 39 percent named Mr Biden and 41 percent said Mr Trump. Nearly three out of four voters who identified themselves as Democrats expected a Biden victory, 9 percent expected Mr. Trump to prevail, and 1
“I’m nervous that Biden is fiddling with words or not being clear and being attacked because Trump is a bully and Biden is not,” said Maryann Lemerise, 55, a Philadelphian who changed her work schedule to make calls for Mr. Biden.
Laura Gallagher, 59, a Lehigh Valley pharmacy worker who is a strong Trump supporter, looks forward to the debate. “I think it’s going to be a joke,” she said, “because I don’t think the Democratic candidate will be able to.” I don’t think he has it all. “
A third voter, Michael Sullivan, 54, who cast a vote for the Greens in 2016, is undecided and is looking forward to the debate to make his choice. He said he will decide how the candidates treat themselves.
Mr. Biden is “like your grandfather, that you fear he will harm yourself if you don’t take his driver’s license away,” he said. He wants to hear Mr. Trump responding to questions with a “valid answer, not a distraction” and adding, “Then I could think of voting for him.”