Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has opened up a 16-point lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters nationwide, a newly released poll shows.
According to a CNN poll published Tuesday, a majority of likely voters, 57 percent, prefer Biden, while 41 percent favor Trump. The previous version of the same poll, conducted in late August and early September, did not survey likely voters but showed Biden with an 8-point lead among registered voters, 51-43 percent.
The latest survey was conducted last Thursday through Sunday, after the first presidential debate last Tuesday night and mostly after Trump’s public announcement last Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday evening.
While Biden’s national edge is significant, a handful of battlegrounds are believed to be more determinative of the Electoral College outcome, according to pollsters.
The CNN poll was conducted by SSRS from Oct. 1-4, surveying 1,001 likely voters with a margin of sampling error of plus-or-minus 3.6 percentage points.