The new USA TODAY /Suffolk University Poll is out now ending the political convocations over the elections. It has found that Joe Biden now leads Donald Trump in the race for the White House by 50%-43%. The 12-point edge he held in June has been narrowed down to a seven-point advantage.
As Labor Day looms, launching the campaign’s final sprint, the survey finds significant skepticism about whether the election itself can be trusted. If their candidate loses, one in four voters say they aren’t prepared to accept the outcome as fair and accurate – a signal of potential trouble ahead for a nation already engulfed in a deadly pandemic and riven over issues of racial justice.
When being interviewed one of Biden’s supporters, Curtis Saffi, 38, an independent from Hampton, Georgia said, “I’m definitely worried about it.Whether it’s the post office or someone meddling in our elections, you really don’t know.”
In fact, almost 28% of the former vice president’s supporters say they aren’t prepared to accept a Trump victory as fairly won. On the other hand however, 19% of President Trump’s supporters say they aren’t prepared to accept a Biden victory as legitimate.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters, taken Friday through Monday by landline and cell phone, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.
Suspicion over the count may be fueled by a divide over just how Americans plan to cast their ballots. Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to say they’ll vote in person and on Election Day, 56% compared with 26%
From the people who support Trump, 83% say that they are voting for him while just 11% are voting against his opponent. On the contrary, one of every three Bidden supporters state that they will be voting against the opponent.
By some measures, Biden’s situation is similar to that of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton four years ago. In a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll taken in August 2016, Clinton led Trump by seven points. (That ballot test included third-party candidates; Biden now leads Trump by five points in a ballot that includes third-party options).