A new poll in the crucial battlefield state of Pennsylvania for the general election shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Trump by 9 percentage points.
According to an NBC News / Marist public opinion poll released Wednesday, the former vice president tops the top 53% to 44% of likely Keystone State voters.
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However, an average of all recent Pennsylvania polls compiled by Real Clear Politics suggests closer competition – Biden left the president 4.3 points behind.
Pennsylvania – along with Michigan and Wisconsin – has been supported by the Democrats in presidential elections for a quarter of a century. But four years ago in all three states, Trump narrowly left Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton behind for 2016 and helped him win the White House. In Pennsylvania there are 20 votes to choose from.
Biden, who was born and spent his first 10 years in Scranton, Pennsylvania before moving to Delaware, continues to be closely associated with Keystone State. During his three and a half decades serving the Senate of neighboring Delaware, he was nicknamed “Pennsylvania’s Third Senator.”
The former vice president kicked off his 2020 White House offering with events held in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh last year. He has made numerous campaign stops in the state over the past three months, including in Harrisburg and Lancaster on Monday.
The president was in Pennsylvania last week and fought in Latrobe.
According to the NBC News / Marist poll, Biden leads the president with nearly 20 points among likely suburban voters. That’s a change from four years ago, when polls showed Trump outperforms Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 points in the suburbs for 2016.
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Trump’s approval rating and favorable state reviews remain submerged in the poll.
“With Trump’s job approval rating and preference upside down, he has to shuffle the deck to fill the void,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
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The NBC News / Marist poll was conducted August 31 through September 31. 7 with 771 likely Pennsylvania voters interviewed by live operator. The survey sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.