The bad news keeps rolling in for President Donald Trump and his reelection campaign, with a new poll showing that not only has he been unable to make up any ground in a head-to-head matchup with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, but two recent controversies have eroded the incumbent’s support further most notably among those who voted for him in 2016.
A Yahoo News/YouGuv survey shows that the most recent setbacks for Trump– his slurring of U.S. war dead as “loser” and “suckers” and taped remarks he made to Bob Woodward about how he downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus — have taken their toll in a very short time:
“Asked if their opinion of Trump’s coronavirus response has changed because of Woodward’s big scoop — a tape of Trump privately acknowledging the virus was “deadly stuff” even as he publicly sought, in his own words, ‘to play it down’— nearly a quarter of Americans (23 percent) say yes. Even 15 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 say the Woodward news has changed their mind about the president’s handling of the pandemic.
“The military story seems to have had a similar impact. Asked which candidate shows more respect for the military, 50 percent of registered voters name Biden, compared to 39 percent for Trump. By the same margin, voters say Biden would do a better job leading the military than the current commander in chief.”
Overall, Trump has lost four points to Biden since the last Yahoo poll was released just two weeks ago and now trails by a 10-point margin, 49 to 39 percent.
15 percent of those asked said Trump’s comments to Woodward made them less likely to vote for the president. 8 percent of Trump voters also revealed that they are likely to vote for Biden. Only 1 percent of Trump voters said the same thing when he faced Hillary Clinton four years ago.
Trump’s lack of empathy, crude remarks, and hardline stance on racial justice are all dragging him down with less than two months before the votes are counted. And worse for Trump is the fact that more revelations could be forthcoming, which certainly won’t help his already dismal numbers.