Poll: Lead among women fuels Biden’s 12-point edge

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A huge edge among likely female voters is fueling a 12-point national lead for Democratic nominee Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday.

The Post/ABC poll showed Biden leading Trump among likely voters, 54 percent to 42 percent. The lead is consistent with other national polls conducted in recent weeks.

Biden holds a lead of 59 percent to 36 percent among women likely to vote; the two are evenly split with 48 percent each among men. Biden’s edge among women climbs to 28 percentage point among suburban women.

According to the poll, Trump leads by 26 points among white voters without four-year college degrees, but Biden holds a 31-point lead with white college graduates.

The poll was conducted after the president disclosed his Covid-19 diagnosis. On questions dealing with the pandemic, 65 percent said Trump did not take appropriate precautions to reduce the chances of catching the coronavirus, and 6 in 10 say they do not trust the administration to provide complete and accurate information about his health. A total of 55 percent said they trusted Biden more than Trump when it came to handling the pandemic.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 6-9 among a national sample of 1,014 adults, including 879 registered voters and 725 likely voters. Results among adults and registered voters have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is 4 points among likely voters.

Also Sunday, the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker polls showed Biden leading Trump in Michigan and Nevada by identical 6-point margins (52-46). A third poll showed the two candidates tied in Iowa at 49 percent. Trump won Michigan and Iowa in 2016.

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