Joe Biden topped President Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup as voters express slightly more confidence in the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to handle the post-CCP Virus (coronavirus) economy, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports.
The latest survey, released on Thursday, May 20, showed that Biden earned 48% support among “Likely U.S. Voters” to President Trump’s 43%, but 8% remained undecided.
This marks little change from early March when 48% voters said they would opt for Biden over President Trump (42%), but it is contrary to last September when the incumbent president beat the former vice president 47% to 43% in a hypothetical matchup.
When asked which candidate would do a better job bringing the United States back economically from the CCP Virus crisis, 47% of voters said Biden, 44% pointed to Trump, while 9% were not sure.
The survey, conducted from May 18 to May 19, found that Biden had the support of 77% of Democrats and led among voters not affiliated with either major party by 13 points. Trump got 81% of the Republican vote.
When it came to confidence in rebuilding the U.S. economy, both candidates were well ahead among voters in their respective parties. The unaffiliated had more economic faith in Biden by a 46% to 37% margin.
Men and middle-aged voters thought President Trump would do a better job restoring the economy. Women and voters in other age groups trusted the former vice president more.
Government workers (53%) were more confident in Biden than those employed in the private sector (48%). Entrepreneurs put a lot more faith in the incumbent president.
Rasmussen said that enthusiasm about the U.S. economy started to grow immediately following President Trump won the election in November 2016 and hit a high level in January 2020 before its decline in February due to the CCP Virus pandemic.
As a result, the Rasmussen Reports Consumer Spending Update clocked economic confidence at a high of 147.8 this past January, but that finding has since tumbled to a low of 93.7 in May following the CCP Virus lockdown.