President Donald Trump’s reelection chances appear to be diminishing with the election just six months away. Trump is trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden in head-to-head matchups in the crucial battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a new poll released by Fox News on Wednesday.
According to the survey, almost half of registered voters in Michigan (49%) plan to support Biden versus 41% who say they’ll vote for Trump.
The Fox News poll shows similar numbers in Pennsylvania, where Biden leads Trump by 8 percentage points, with 50% of registered voters planning to vote for the former vice president to 42% for Trump.
Citing the survey, CNN reports that “around half of registered voters in both states say they or someone in their household have lost their jobs or had wages cut due to coronavirus, with 70% in Pennsylvania and 75% in Michigan saying they’re concerned that the coronavirus situation will lead to economic hardship for them.
The outlet also noted that while the economy is clearly a concern for all, especially those who have lost income, majorities in both states don’t want to open back up the economy at the risk of public health.
Governors in both states receive high marks overall and for their handling of coronavirus specifically. Around two-thirds of Michigan registered voters approve of how Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is handling her job (63%) and handling coronavirus (64%), while 65% of Pennsylvania registered voters approve of how Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is handling his job overall, and 69% approve of his handling of coronavirus.