Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at campaign event at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter

In a batch of new polls released this week from several presidential battleground states, former Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold an overall lead over Donald Trump with fewer than 10 weeks before the November 3 General Election.

A Quinnipiac University poll has Biden leading Trump nationally with likely voters by 10 points, 52% to 42%.

A CNN/SSRS poll of registered voters in 15 presidential battleground states also shows the former vice president holding a lead nationally over Trump, yet by a slightly smaller margin. That poll has Biden garnering 51%, with Trump at 43%.

According to several polls conducted in the so-called battleground states, the states the two campaigns focus heavily on in an effort to gain an all-important  Electoral College advantage, it is Biden who is ahead of the 45th president.

In Wisconsin, a state Trump won by the narrowest of margins in 2016, it is Biden who leads in the latest Morning Consult poll by 10 points, 52% to 42%. This week both Trump and Biden traveled to Wisconsin in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, yet another unarmed Black man; this time shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer. While in Wisconsin Trump continued to tout his campaign platform of law and order while visiting with members of law enforcement and hardly mentioned Blake’s name. Nor did Trump visit with Blake’s family. Biden was scheduled to meet with Blake’s family on September 3. A Fox News poll also has Biden leading Trump in Wisconsin, 50% to 42%.

Trump is also trailing Biden in another state he won in 2016, North Carolina. According to a Fox News poll, Biden leads Trump in North Carolina, 50% to 46%.

In Arizona, which Trump also won in 2016, the president is losing to Biden by a significantly wider margin, according to another Fox News poll. Biden leads Trump by nine points, 49% to 40%.

In the state of Pennsylvania, which Trump also won in 2016, by a razor thin margin, Trump is now trailing Biden, but the margin is closer than in Arizona. Biden leads Trump in the most recent Monmouth University poll, 49% to 45%.

When you dig into the numbers of the CNN/SSRS poll, you find people of color overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump’s handling of several key issues.

In the poll conducted between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1, 69% of people of color are either very or somewhat concerned with the state of the economy. Of those polled only 31% approved of Trump’s handling of the economy, while 80% disapproved.

On the issue of crime, 50% of people of color polled are very or somewhat concerned with crime in their communities and among them only 29% approved of Trump’s handling of crime, while 43% disapproved.

According to the CNN/SSRS poll, 69% of people of color are very or somewhat concerned about racism and of those 26% approved of Trump’s handling of racism, versus 73% that disapproved.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 190,000 Americans has disproportionately impacted people of color in the United States. And in that CNN/SSRS poll 69% of them are very or somewhat concerned about the pandemic. And among them only 29% approve of Trump’s handling of COVID-19, while 85% disapprove.

Early voting begins in some states as early as this month.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor