With just three days before the contentious November 3 election, Trump and Biden’s final grab for votes comes after more than 90 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
Trump has maintained an optimistic front before campaign crowds in Midwestern battleground states this week, but the latest polls suggested otherwise.
National polls once again indicated that Joe Biden (left) was ahead of Donald Trump (right) in the general election
Biden led by as much as 11 points in this week’s YouGov poll, which listed Biden at 54 per cent and Trump at 43 per cent based on 1,047 likely voters.
A CNN poll of 886 Americans taken from October 23 to October 26 gave Biden a generous 12 point lead, with the numbers at 54-42.
Even Fox News, a frequent critic of Biden and repeated champion of Trump, surveyed 1,246 likely voters to find that Biden led by eight points.
Their poll placed the former vice president ahead of Trump by a 52 -44 per cent margin, with two per cent of likely voters backing a third-party candidate and two per cent being undecided.
Similar findings were reported by Rasmussen, Reuters, Emerson, The Hill and other poll tracking databases.
The IBD/Tipp poll, which listed Biden ahead by just two points overall, offered a breakdown of regional support.
Pictured: Data from the most recent IBD/TIPP poll showed Biden ahead of Trump is all American regions except the South
The IBD/TIPP poll reported a four point diferrence between Biden and Trump as of Saturday morning
Voters in the Northeast have flooded behind Biden, who has clinched a 22 point lead in a region that has largely remained Democratic.
Pennsylvania, previously positioned as blue state through the Clinton and Obama administrations, turned red during the 2016 election.
This time around, Pennsylvania is expected reclaim a liberal leaning as likely voters pushed Biden ahead at 57-34.
The West Coast followed a similar pattern with Biden leading 51-46, but the South remained a potential victory for Trump.
With just a four point difference, Trump had a 49-45 per cent margin – an unsurprising potential outcome given the region’s conservative reputation.
In the Midwest, where the two political rivals campaigned in key swing states, the numbers were again in the democratic nominee’s favor.
US President Donald Trump gestures onstage at a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally at Oakland County International Airport, on October 30, 2020, in Waterford Township, Michigan
The polls so far have suggested that Biden has a larger, more direct path to the Oval Office – but pollsters predicted the same type of win when Trump emerged victorious four years ago.
On Friday, Trump held campaign rallies in both Waterford Township, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Pollsters have labeled Michigan one of the hardest states for Trump to win a second time around, with Biden leading up to 10 points in the Michigan Information & Research Service poll.
Trump was the first Republican to turn the state red since 1988, when residents backed former President George H. W. Bush. The 2016 triumph had a margin of 0.22 percentage points – the closest state outcome in the country.
In Wisconsin, Trump’s arrival came amid a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths the underscored the importance voters have placed on the pandemic’s handling.
According to a poll from Marquette Law School, 48 per cent of likely voters chose Biden to win. Trump followed behind at 43 per cent.
Nearly 50 per cent of likely voters surveyed by the Marquette Law School said Biden would take the state in the November 3rd election
Supporters listen in their cars as former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Northwestern High School
The Marquette poll also reflected surveyor’s views of Trump’s pandemic response, with 58 per cent disapproving of his handling thus far.
The Badger State has amassed more than 232,000 cases and 2,034 deaths.
Trump unexpectedly became the first Republican to win Wisconsin in 2016 since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Polling data collected by RealClearPolitics showed the state swinging towards Biden this election. Fox News listed Biden with a five point lead and ABC News/Washington Post reported a staggering 17 point difference.
When Biden spoke to reporters on Friday during his campaign stop in Minnesota, a state that hasn’t voted for GOP president since 1972, he explained he was still cautious.
‘I don’t take anything for granted,’ he said. ‘We’re gonna work for every single vote up until the last minute.’
That echoed remarks his campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, made to supporters via a memo in mid-October.
‘We cannot become complacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race,’ Dillon wrote. ‘And every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire.’
The election race, Dillon said, was ‘far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest.’
‘If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal,’ she wrote.