Biden doubles lead over Trump to 12 points in national poll

Former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump seeks to meet immigration press across court Trump says Obama may have committed treason Poll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 career points and police MORE doubled his lead President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MORE to 12 points when voters voiced disapproval of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus, racial tensions, and the economy, according to the latest Harvard CAPS / Harris Poll poll published exclusively in The Hill.

56 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Biden if the elections were held today, while 44 percent said they would endorse Trump, broader than the Democrat’s 6-point lead in the same poll last month.

The poll is in line with recent national polls showing Trump losing ground, even in the battleground states that will determine the election, as voters criticize his responses to various crises affecting the country, including the most recent protests. nationwide after the police murder of George Floyd. .

Forty-three percent of voters said they approved of Trump, 4 points less than the latest Harvard CAPS / Harris Poll poll and the lowest since early 2018. Meanwhile, 57 percent of voters said they disapproved of the president.

“After 11 months of improving the ratings, Trump in the past month fell to less than 50 percent in his handling of the crisis after the Clorox press conference as he withdrew from the daily briefings,” he said. Mark PennMark PennPoll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 points in career and vigilance The Hill Campaign Report: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in a new poll Biden leads Trump by 6 points as voters criticize the response pandemic: survey MORE, polling director for the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll poll, referring to the daily briefings Trump used to hold earlier this year and his comments suggesting people inject disinfectant as a way to treat COVID-19.

“He continues to lag behind in the national presidential horse race, while Biden’s numbers have shown no change up or down,” he added, noting that “this race is far from over and both candidates have potentially winning scenarios.”

A series of other state and national polls show Biden leading Trump. The average RealClearPolitics poll on Tuesday showed that Biden was up 9.8 points over Trump.

Meanwhile, polls in Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan also show that Biden leads the president, albeit with narrower margins, increasing the likelihood that the elections will be adjusted in more than four months.

Trump has experienced a difficult period, which includes intense scrutiny over comments he has made about national protests and about controversial historical figures.

“This has been a weak month for President Trump and Republicans who have not found their balance after the emergence of the George Floyd protests and due to concern about a possible second wave and concern about opening up too quickly,” said Penn. , about fears. from a second wave of COVID-19 infections as states begin to reopen their economies.

“The Biden pro remains below 50 percent, but shows real strength in this month’s horse race and the Democrats held firm as the Republicans fell,” he added.

Trump said Tuesday that he is preparing an executive order that would strengthen existing laws in the United States. USA That they punish people for destroying monuments. The statement came hours after protesters attempted to tear down a statue of President Jackson in Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

Several historical monuments have been disfigured in the United States amid nationwide protests of racial injustice.

“I will have an executive order very soon, and all he is really going to do is reinforce what is already there, but in a more uniform way,” Trump told reporters.

Trump also made headlines at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday when he said the coronavirus tests were a “double-edged sword” and that he told his staff to “stop the tests, please.”

The president told reporters Tuesday that he was joking when he made the comments. He also told CBN News on Monday that he did not ask staff to stop the tests.

Let me clarify. We have the best testing program anywhere in the world. We taste better than anyone else in the world. Our tests are the best in the world and we have most of them, “Trump said.” Having more cases sounds bad, but in reality what it is to find more people. “

The Tulsa rally, which marked Trump’s return to the campaign stage, also attracted attention by attracting fewer people than his campaign had anticipated amid a recent surge in the coronavirus in Oklahoma.

Biden has expanded his leadership over Trump despite failing to hold a press conference in about two months, and Trump has tried to lure the suspected Democratic candidate into the fray, believing the error-prone former vice president would make some mistakes that could change the game during an unscripted. moments in the public eye.

The Harvard CAPS / Harris Poll online poll of 1,886 registered voters was conducted June 17-18. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll. The Hill will work with Harvard CAPS / Harris Poll during 2020.

The full results of the survey will be published online later this week. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.