- Biden's lead appears shaky, and too close for comfort among Democrats.
- Joe Biden has criticized Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
- Trump has far greater media exposure during these dire times.
A new Washington Post – ABC News opinion poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading by two points, at 49 percent to 47 percent, ahead of US President Donald Trump. The percentage difference is well within the margin of error to indicate a tie. The news comes in the wake of another survey which revealed an uptick in Trump’s approval due to his handling of the current coronavirus crisis.
A Fox News poll carried out last week also saw Biden come out top. He was ahead of Trump by 9 points, at 49 percent to 40 percent for President Trump. The ABC News/Washington Post survey revealed that 52 percent of voters approve Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, while 45 percent disapprove. Of course, Joe Biden’s lead is a bit shaky.
Looking back at the 2016 election, Trump won by scoring a resounding 304-227 victory in the Electoral College. It is also worth noting that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had surpassed Trump in a lot of popularity polls. In the end, she won the popular vote count by over 3 million votes (48.2%-46.1%).
Both Trump and Biden have been locked in a war of words and sentiments in recent months, especially in regard to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Biden has publicly criticized Trump’s handling of the pandemic, labeling it ineffectual, especially since he delayed implementing firm measures to curb the spread of the virus in the early stages.
Biden has proclaimed that the president’s initial response was dismissive and only aimed at buffering the economy. According to the former Vice President, the strategy failed to take American lives into account. He recently suggested that the president prioritize the healthcare system instead of asking people to go back to work before the epidemic was over.
“He should stop talking and start listening to the medical experts. You talk about having an economic crisis. You want an economic crisis? Watch the number of dead go up. We all want the economy to open up as rapidly as impossible, the way to do that is to take care of the medical side of this immediately.
Joe Biden has been especially vocal about the president’s ineptitude in handling the Covid-19 crisis, which has led to the death of over 3,000 Americans and over 100,000 infection cases. Experts, however, contend that his visibility during the coronavirus crisis will be negligible because he has no active position in government. As such, his views won’t have a significant impact on his political influence.
Trump, on the other hand, has the whole world fixated on him. His strategic acumen during these dire times will contribute greatly to his political sway come November. The sort of exposure that the president has right now is one that even a $100 million campaign budget can’t buy.