An analysis of polling data by Bloomberg News has found that President Donald Trump’s support is cratering in counties across the United States that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pew Research Center polls show Trump’s approval is slipping fastest in the 500 counties where the number of cases have been more than 28 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people,” Bloomberg writes. “Pew surveyed voters in late March and the same people again in late June, and found 17% of those who approved of the president in March now disapprove.”
The publication notes that older voters have been particularly quick to abandon the president, as people aged 65 and older are particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.
“Seniors in [Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania] disapproved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, 52 percent to 45 percent,” Bloomberg writes. “And by a 26-point margin those voters said the federal government should prioritize containing the pandemic over reopening the economy.”
Although the pandemic was initially concentrated in blue states in the northeast, it has since spread to states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona, where both cases numbers and hospitalizations have surged dramatically in recent weeks. Florida and Arizona are considered two swing states that Trump desperately needs to win in order to have any chance of being re-elected.
Trump campaign dispatches Pence to shore up Mormon support — after harsh criticism from Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake: report
The president's 2020 election campaign continues to play defense in Arizona, a once reliably-Republican state.
"President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is looking to shore up support among a specific population of Arizonans: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," the Arizona Republica reported Monday. "Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Mesa Tuesday to help launch a 'Latter-day Saints for Trump' coalition in what appears to be a late-in-the-game play to win over LDS voters, who tend to vote Republican but hold values that clash with some of the president's."
Here’s how Trump created a ‘significant threat’ to his re-election by failing on coronavirus stimulus
Politico on Monday reported on how Donald Trump may have imperiled his 2020 presidential campaign by failing to reach a deal with Congress on the next round of stimulus.
"After a spring and summer bolstered by cash infusions from the federal government of more than $3 trillion, the U.S. economy may have to sink or swim this fall with a relative trickle of support — presenting a significant threat to President Donald Trump’s standing as he heads into a compressed reelection campaign already trailing in the polls," Politico's Ben White reported.
Nevada GOP blasted for allowing ‘dangerous lies’ by the Trump campaign about the state’s elections
Republicans were harshly criticized by veteran Nevada reporter Jon Ralson for telling "dangerous lies" about the state's upcoming 2020 election.
Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, noted a tweet by former GOP Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
"Mail in voting is to voting what a take home exam is to a proctored one! And if you have a million dollar winning lottery ticket would you mail it in to claim the prize? Or would you hand carry it? Why would we treat the sacred right to vote with any more laxity?" Laxalt asked. "Secure our vote!"