With only two days left until the 2020 election, more voters believe that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would be better at dealing with the coronavirus crisis than President Donald Trump.
According to a poll published on Sunday by Fox News, Biden has a 16 point lead over Trump on who would manage the pandemic better.
About 56 percent of the likely voters surveyed said Biden would do a better job, while 40 percent supported Trump’s management of the COVID 19 crisis. Biden’s lead has doubled since September, when he outperformed Trump by 8 percentage points.
A recent survey conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post came to similar conclusions. It found that 55 percent of respondents trusted Biden more in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 38 percent who trusted Trump more, giving Biden a 17-point lead.
However, a narrow majority of voters believe Trump can better manage the economy, according to the Fox News survey.
In September, the survey found that 51 percent of likely voters responded that Trump would be better able to handle the economy, compared to 46 percent who support Biden.
Trump’s previous five-point lead narrowed significantly in October. Now 49 percent of likely voters believe that Trump will cope better with the economy, compared to 48 percent who support Biden.
Although Trump still has a small lead in the economy, according to Fox’s survey, more voters believe that the coronavirus should take precedence.
Approximately 61 percent of likely voters responded that the federal government should focus on limiting the spread of COVID-19, even though this will hurt the economy, while 36 percent responded that reviving the economy should be the nation’s top priority.
“The pandemic has complicated the president’s plan to run for reelection in terms of the economy,” Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the poll with Democrat Chris Anderson, told Fox News. “COVID-19 is the dominant issue for voters, and they believe Biden would do a better job.
Only 5 percent of likely voters, according to the poll, said the US under Trump’s administration has the coronavirus completely under control. About 51 percent responded that the crisis was not under control at all.
Trump’s handling of the pandemic was criticized by public health officials and heads of government, who demanded concise communications from the federal government regarding house arrest orders, mask orders and social distancing requirements.
The United States became the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in late March, just weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global pandemic. By Sunday morning, more than 9.1 coronavirus cases and 230,000 deaths had been confirmed in the United States, according to data from John Hopkins University.