Poll shows Biden widening lead over Trump

A screengrab of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing on Now This News to lay out his general election economic argument, Wilmington, Del., on May 8, 2020. (Brian Cahn/Zuma Press/TNS)
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By Ryan Teague Beckwith Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — A national poll shows Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 11 points, the Democrat’s widest margin since early April.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 50% of registered voters nationally said they backed Biden in a general election match-up, while only 39% supported Trump. The last poll showing Biden with a comparable edge was by CNN in April, when he was also up by 11 points.

The Quinnipiac poll showed an even wider gap on the question of who would handle the government’s response to coronavirus better, with 55% saying Biden and 39% saying Trump.

“At best for Team Trump, it says voter confidence in President Trump is shaky,” said polling analyst Tim Malloy. “At worst for them, as coronavirus cases rise, Trump’s judgment is questioned — and November looms.”

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,323 registered voters was conducted May 14-18. It has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

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