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US election news: Biden tops Trump in new poll



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Former US Vice President Joe Biden had a head start on President Donald Trump among potential national voters, according to two polls conducted in recent days.

In one According to a poll by the Washington Post and ABC News, Biden had a 1

0 percentage point advantage over Trump. Biden’s lead was eight points over another Survey by the New York Times and Siena College.

In the Washington Post poll, Biden and fellow campaigner Kamala Harris had 54% support among likely voters, compared with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence who had 44%. Among the registered voters, Biden had a 53% to 43% lead. The margin is statistically unchanged from the 12-point gap in the August Washington Post and ABC poll, conducted before both parties held their conventions.

Biden is 65% to 34% ahead of Trump for women surveyed, while 55% of men surveyed supported Trump, compared with 42% for Biden, the report said. The survey was conducted Monday through Thursday by phone among a random national sample of 1,008 US adults. The error rate is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

In the New York Times poll, former Vice President Trump led the way with 49% to 41% of likely voters. Women preferred Biden by 53% to 37%, while the candidates were 45% below men.

A total of 950 likely voters were polled Tuesday through Thursday for the New York Times / Siena College poll, which showed a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, the report said.

Both polls were conducted after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, but before Trump’s appointment of Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday. According to the Washington Post and ABC, Biden led Trump by eight points on who would be more trusted the next time he was appointed to the Supreme Court.

The same question had led Biden 50% to 43% ahead of Trump in the New York Times / Siena poll, with 56% saying the next judiciary should be appointed by the winner of the upcoming election.

(Updates with NYT / Siena College survey from the second paragraph.)


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