Marquette University Law School released a new poll this afternoon. With just 8 weeks to go to the general election, the poll provides insight on voter preferences in the presidential election as well as opinions on handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the comfort of parents in sending their kids back to school.
Among likely voters polled, 47 percent indicated they will vote for Biden and 43 percent said they will vote for Trump. In August, 49 percent favored Biden and 44 percent favored Trump.
While Biden has consistently held a four to six-point lead since May, both his and Trump’s numbers have remained relatively stagnant for four months without Biden being able to significantly increase his lead.
The pollsters commented that neither candidate experienced any kind of substantial bounce in support following the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
In a somewhat different take on gauging support for candidates, pollsters asked participants if they believe each candidate cares about people like them. 41 percent said they believe Donald Trump cares about people like them, versus 56 percent who said he does not. Conversely, 48 percent said they believe Joe Biden cares about people like them, versus 45 percent who said he does not.
Following are some additional top-level results:
Trump Job Approval
September: 44 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove
August: 44 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove
Trump Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic
September: 41 percent approve, 56 percent disapprove
August: 40 percent approve, 58 percent disapprove
Evers Job Approval
September: 51 percent approve, 43 percent disapprove
August: 57 percent approve, 37 percent disapprove
Evers Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic
September: 57 percent approve, 38 percent disapprove
August: 61 percent approve, 35 percent disapprove
Respondents with School-age Children on Sending Kids back to School
September: 44 percent comfortable sending kids to school, 54 percent not comfortable
August: 53 percent comfortable sending kids to school, 45 percent not comfortable