Poll: President Trump leads Joe Biden in 6 battleground states

It's Trump vs. Biden this November

A new poll in six battleground states this fall shows President Donald Trump leading Joe Biden.

The new poll from Change Research and CNBC shows Trump leading Biden by two points in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The poll surveyed 3,544 likely voters across the six states from May 1 to 3. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points.

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The survey found 47% of likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would vote for Trump, compared with 45% for Biden. Also, 4% said they would back a third-party candidate, while 3% were unsure.

Trump’s overall approval rating as president shows 51% disapprove of his performance, while 49% approve.

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Fears about the coronavirus are falling in these swing states, the survey said. About 68% of likely voters in these states have “very” or “somewhat” serious concerns about the virus, a decrease from 76% in mid-April.

Only 39% of Republicans said they had at least somewhat serious concerns about the virus, down from 55% last month. At the same time, 97% of Democrats said they had significant worries, nearly identical to the 98% share in mid-April.

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A 71% majority now believe the economy is in a recession, including majorities of Democrats (89%) and independents (73%) and half of Republicans. A 47% plurality believes this recession will be worse than the 2008 Great Recession, and 27% say it will be equally painful.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobless report showed 33 million Americans have filed unemployment claims during the last two months since the coronavirus began forcing companies to shut down and reduce operations.

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