Suburban residents are more concerned about the fight against the coronavirus pandemic than about restoring order in the country.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is ahead of Republican President Donald Trump nationally among American voters by 9 percentage points, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll. The results of the survey show that Trump’s desire to restore “law and order” in the country does not coincide with the main expectations of suburban residents.
The poll, conducted September 11-15 on Wednesday, showed that 50% of likely voters would vote for Biden and 41% – for Trump. Another 3% will support one of the independent candidates; the rest found it difficult to answer.
The poll also showed that the majority of American voters have already made up their minds. Nine out of 10 likely Biden voters and 8 out of 10 likely Trump voters said they were “completely confident” in their choice. Only 1 in 10 likely Biden voters and less than 2 in 10 likely Trump voters said they were undecided.
According to the poll, Biden has a better chance of winning the November 3 election in absolute numbers. However, 9% of likely voters are undecided or have not yet supported any candidate from the main party. Their decision in the coming weeks may determine the name of the winner.
However, the advantage of a candidate in absolute numbers of votes cast for him does not necessarily mean victory in the election, which will be decided by the Electoral College representing each of the States. Trump won in 2016 despite losing to Hillary Clinton by the number of votes cast for him.
Trump, who has been trailing Biden in most national polls this year, has, in recent months, tried to refocus his campaign’s focus on anti-racism protests that began across the country after African-Americans were killed in clashes with police. Trump has tried to position himself as an advocate for the” dream of a suburban lifestyle,” saying that Americans who live in the suburbs dream of security more than anything else.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll found that the candidate’s perceived interest in “tough fighting crime” and civil unrest is the most important factor for only 11% of white suburban residents. This figure fell from 15% in the survey conducted from September 3 to 8.
Instead, white suburbs, like all Americans, are mostly wary of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 195,000 people in the US – more than in any other country in the world.
When asked about the most important factor in voting, 27% of white suburban residents named a reliable plan to fight the pandemic, and 25% said they want to elect a President who will restore confidence in the American government. Another 19% said they need a President who is well-versed in the economy and job creation.
Now Trump plans to spend $ 10 million on ads related to economic issues – this aspect is his greatest strength. 45% of American adults think trump will do a better job of recovering the economy than 36% who think Biden is a better economist.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online across the United States. It was attended by 1,358 people, including 859 likely voters. The survey’s margin of error is about 4 percent.