Biden holds 11-point lead over Trump: national poll

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden takes selfie with supporters during a rally in Philadelphia

This poll surveyed 1,500 USA adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

That's up from the 49 - 41 per cent lead Biden held in April's poll, but the change is within the margin of error, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump's job approval rating ticks lower amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the poll.

Biden's spending fell to $12.9 million in April, still comfortably higher than Trump's outlays during the month, but well below the $32.5 million spent in March as he competed with rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in nomination contests.

In another recent poll, conducted by CNBC/Change Research, Biden has a slightly smaller advantage over the president. The survey suggests independents breaking for the Democratic challenger by a 47-36 percent margin, with five and a half months to go until Election Day.

Both Trump and Biden are stepping up their fundraising despite the pandemic, which has hammered the US economy and disrupted election campaigns. That is down from a 46 - 51 percent approval rating in April. Disapproval jumped five points, to 56 percent.

The Economist/YouGov poll did not ask respondents who they think would better handle the outbreak, but it did reveal Americans' confidence in Trump's response.

"China is on a massive disinformation campaign because they are desperate to have Sleepy Joe Biden win the presidential race", he claimed in a tweet.

Forty-two per cent of voters approve of the job he is doing, while 53 per cent disapprove. A month earlier, Biden's campaign coffers amounted to only a quarter of Trump's.

Biden's favorable rating in the survey stands at 45-41 percent favorable, with the president underwater, at 40-55 percent unfavorable.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,323 self-identified registered voters by phone from May 14 to 18. It has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

Biden has been playing catch-up to Trump, who has been amassing an election war chest since 2017.



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