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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