After weeks of media presenting Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden as near a landslide victory in the fall over incumbent Donald Trump, a Rasmussen poll suggests the President’s demise may have been overstated.
The latest national telephone and online survey conducted by Rasmussen finds the challenger and the president neck-and-neck with Biden at 47% support among Likely U.S. Voters this week to Trumps 45%, with 5% prefer some other candidate and 4% undecided.
Trump has 81% of the Republican vote in the poll and Biden had 74% of the Democrats. Among those declaring no party affiliation, Biden had 47% to Trump’s 36%, while 17% preferred another candidate or are undecided. (To see survey wording, click here.)
Only a few weeks ago the same poll showed Biden with a 50% to 40% lead, while other polls gave Biden a 15% nod.
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