Joe Biden has opened up a 15-point lead over President Trump and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is the preferred choice for handling the coronavirus pandemic, an ABC News/Washington Post poll published early on Sunday finds.
By the numbers: Biden is ahead of Trump 55-40% among registered voters. However, the margin narrows to 54-44% among likely voters.
Why it matters: Per the poll news release, "Three and a half months ago the two candidates were virtually even in trust to handle the pandemic, Trump +2 percentage points, 45-43 percent. Today, with COVID-19 cases surging around the nation, Biden leads Trump on the issue by a 20-point margin, 54-34 percent."
- A Quinnipiac University poll out last Wednesday reported 62% of registered voters said Trump's hurting efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Yes, but: Trump's new campaign manager Bill Stepien on Thursday dismissed recent polls showing the president losing five of six swing states — and sinking into a double-digit hole nationwide, noting that similar surveys "had the world convinced that Hillary Clinton would be elected in 2016."
Of note: The phone survey of 1,006 adults was conducted from July 12-15. It has a margin of error of 3.5 points.
Read the full poll, via DocumentCloud: