Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Biden extends lead over Trump in post-debate poll in Michigan; voters overwhelmingly support Roe v. Wade

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has stretched his lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan with less than a month to go before the election, according to a new post-debate poll.

The latest Detroit News/WDIV-TV survey shows Biden leading Trump 48% to 39%, a 9-percentage point lead, with 7% undecided. The survey was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

In a similar Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll nearly a month ago, Biden led Trump by 5 percentage points, 47% to 42%.

Biden has established a steady lead over Trump in other surveys, and reputable pollster FiveThirtyEight.com gives Biden a 90% chance of winning in Michigan, an important battleground state for both candidates.

Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016, but his support has eroded in Michigan and other states because of a seemingly endless string of scandals.

The survey also found that 65% of likely Michigan voters oppose the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. Only 24% support reversing the decision.

In addition, the poll found that 54% of likely voters support filling the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat after the presidential election, compared to 43% who favor Trump choosing the nominee. The Republican-led Senate plans to begin confirmation hearings next week.

Biden has been targeting Michigan’s Black voters, who are the Democrats’ most loyal demographic base. Black voters declined in the 2016 election, however, falling to a 59.6% turnout rate from a record high of 66.6% in 2012.

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