WASHINGTON — With just more than a week until Election Day, former vice president Joe Biden holds a 51-41 lead among likely voters against President Donald Trump in a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday.
National polling since early October has consistent found Biden creeping into a double-digit lead over Trump. Thursday’s poll is also consistent with a broader average of polls which show Biden with a solid polling lead over the president.
The poll also found a large partisan gap between voters using early voting methods and those who intend to cast their ballots on Election Day.
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Among likely voters who are voting by mail or absentee ballot, 69% say they are supporting Biden while only 21% said they are supporting Trump. Similarly, likely voters who plan to cast an early ballot in-person back Biden 57% to Trump’s 35%.
Conversely, 65% of likely voters who plan to vote in-person on Election Day will be voting for Trump, according to the poll.
More than two-thirds (68%) of likely voters say they are more motivated to vote than in past presidential elections, a trend that will underscore what analysts predict will be record-breaking turnout in a presidential election.
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Likely voters also expressed deep concerns about the coronavirus pandemic with about six in ten (59%) saying the coronavirus pandemic is out of control, compared to 35% who say it is under control.
Biden is more trusted than Trump to handle the pandemic, with 55% of voters preferring the former vice president compared with 37% who trust Trump more. And 55% prefer Biden’s approach to health care compared to 39% who prefer Trump’s.
Trump has a 1-point advantage over Biden (48%-47%) with voters on who they think would do a better job handling the economy.
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Opinions of the Supreme Court diverge among likely voters. It was a 46%-46% tie on whether the Senate should confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court. And 49%-43% trusted Biden over Trump to handle Supreme Court nominations.
The majority (56%0 of likely voters preferred that the Affordable Care Act be upheld in court, while two-thirds said they agreed with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion.
Overall, 68% of likely voters said they were somewhat or very dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today. At the same time, 75% said they are very or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going for themselves as individuals.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,426 likely voters nationwide Oct. 16-19 with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.