Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has built a commanding 15-point national lead over President Trump in his bid for the White House, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey, which was released on Sunday, found that 55 percent of registered voters say they would vote for the former vice president if the 2020 election were held today, while 40 percent say they’d back Trump. The findings represent a substantial shift in support for Biden, who led Trump by just 2 points in a similar poll released in March and by 10 points in May.
The drop in support for Trump comes as his approval rating slides amid a coronavirus pandemic that has upended everyday life in the U.S. for months, with the country experiencing a surge of new cases.
Just 39 percent of Americans say the approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, while 57 percent said they disapproved of it. In March, Trump’s approval rating sat at 48 percent, with just 46 percent of respondents saying they opposed his handling of the presidency.
The jump in Trump’s disapproval rating appears linked to Americans’ perceptions of his handling of the current health crisis. Sunday’s poll found that 38 percent of respondents approve of the president’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, while 60 percent disapprove. Fifty-two percent said they strongly disapproved the president’s handling of the pandemic.