Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in voter support in five of the six key states, according to new polls. Voters’ main concerns revolve around the incumbent president’s mental health and economic management of the country.
The polls, conducted by The New York Times in conjunction with Siena College, show Trump leading in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, while Biden is currently the favorite in Wisconsin. Among voters, 59 percent express more confidence in Trump than Biden when it comes to the economy. 37 percent express more confidence in Biden on this issue, marking the largest trust gap between the two candidates on any issue in the survey. Even among Democratic voters at all income levels, there is a perception that Biden’s policies have hurt their economy.
Voters also have reservations about Biden’s age, with as many as 71 percent saying he is too old at 81, a sentiment shared by all demographic and geographic groups in the survey, including 54 percent of Biden’s own supporters. 39 percent of voters say Trump is also too old at 77. This includes 19 percent of Trump supporters who hold this view.
62 percent believe Biden lacks the mental capacity to handle the duties of the presidency. The president has made numerous confusing statements on multiple occasions that have become something of a trademark.
Among men, 62 percent expressed their preference for Trump, while only 33 percent of women did the same. Women were slightly more likely to support Biden, at 47 percent, compared to 46 percent of men who preferred him.
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 5, 2024.