Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTwitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article without explanation ‘unacceptable’ Cheers erupt as Trump puts on MAGA hat, takes off tie at Iowa rally Hillicon Valley: Twitter lacked adequate cybersecurity protection ahead of July hacks, regulator says | Twitter, Facebook clamp down on New York Post article about Hunter Biden | YouTube bans COVID-19 vaccine misinformation MORE‘s (D) national lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article without explanation ‘unacceptable’ Michael Cohen writing second book on Trump administration’s Justice Department As Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT MORE has slipped since earlier this month, and now sits at 11 points, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters found Biden leading Trump, 53 to 42 percent. Biden held a 14-point lead over Trump, 53 to 39 percent, in the previous NBC/WSJ poll, which was published on Oct. 4 after the candidates’ first contentious debate. 

Biden now holds impressive leads among major demographic groups, including a 91 to 4 percent advantage among Black voters and a 62 to 26 percent edge among Hispanics. He also holds a strong lead among independent voters, who support him by a 46 to 39 percent margin in the poll.


Another troubling sign for Trump in the poll is voters’ perception of the president’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Just 41 percent say he has done a good job, an increase of 1 centage point since the last NBC/WSJ poll. In addition, 46 percent of respondents said that Trump’s actions in response to COVID-19 could hurt the overall health of the country.

Half of voters also told pollsters that they are better off than they were four years ago. Fewer are optimistic about the state of the country in general, however, with 58 percent now saying the country is worse off than it was before Trump took office.

NBC/WSJ’s poll was conducted between Oct. 9-12, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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