Biden holds 10 point lead in polls as Trump demands ‘drug test’ ahead of Tuesday debate

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continued his dominance in national polls over Donald Trump on Sunday, leading the outgoing president by double-digit percentage points in one case and 8 points in the other.

The economy and the coronavirus pandemic continue to be two of the biggest issues for voters.

While only 40% of respondents to a Washington Post/ An ABC News poll released on Sunday said they approved of Mr. Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, 52% said they approved of his handling of the economy.

In a face-to-face meeting, Mr. Biden paced Mr. Trump, 54 to 44 percent. When third-party candidates were included, that margin fell to 49-43 percent.

Meanwhile, the president reiterated his call for Mr Biden to take a drug test before Tuesday’s two debates, annoying the former vice president for his “patchy” debate performance.

“I will strongly demand a drug test from Sleepy Joe Biden before or after Tuesday night’s debate. Of course, I’ll take one as well. Her Debate performances were an UNEQUAL record, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy ??? Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday.

The Biden campaign has not publicly addressed the president’s latest provocation. Mr Biden had an irritable exchange last month when a reporter asked him if he had taken a cognitive test.

“No, I didn’t do a test. Why the hell would I take a test? replied the former vice president.

“Come on man. It’s like saying, before participating in this program, you take a test whether or not you take cocaine. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie? Mr Biden said, a comment that many outside observers have called racist.

Mr Trump will be eager to turn the tide in Tuesday’s debate after following Mr Biden all summer long both nationally and in major swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, La Pennsylvania, Arizona and North Carolina.

The president has always received poor marks for his handling of the Covid-19 crisis as well as for his approach to racial justice, the two most important issues for Democratic voters, according to a recent poll.

A pair of NBC News / Marist College surveys in Michigan and Wisconsin showed Mr. Biden beating Mr. Trump by 8 percentage points and 10 percentage points, respectively.

In Minnesota, another swing state, the president is lagging behind by 6 percentage points, according to a poll released on Saturday by Minneapolis Star Tribune/ Mason Dixon poll.

As has been the case throughout the campaign, the economy could still be Mr. Trump’s saving grace.

While the United States still suffers from recessionary unemployment amid the pandemic, poll data has always indicated that voters still trust the president’s economic policies.

Mr. Trump led Mr. Biden, 49-46 percent, on the economy, the national Publish/ ABC News poll found.

Mr. Biden, however, led in most other categories:

  • 8 points on which voters trust to manage the next appointment to the Supreme Court;
  • 11 points on the coronavirus pandemic
  • 16 points on health care
  • and 20 points on the treatment of racial groups.

In a brief press conference Sunday, Mr Biden urged Senate Republicans to wait for the appointment of the next president to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died earlier this month, less than 50 days before the election.

Some states had already started early voting.

“I urge every senator to take a step back from the edge. Take the blinders off of politics for just one critical moment. Stand up for the Constitution you have sworn to uphold, ”Biden said.

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