With the global pandemic bringing daily life in the United States to a screeching halt, the 2020 campaign has become somewhat of an afterthought as Americans focus on staying healthy and practicing social distancing.
But though the campaign trail is no longer in full swing, voters across the country can't help but see this crisis as a test of competence for President Donald Trump and a test of leadership for former Vice President and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
If a new poll in the swing state of Florida is correct, Trump is getting the short end of the stick.
The poll, from the University of North Florida, found that 46 percent of Florida voters would back Biden, while only 40 percent would back Trump if the election were held today.
Florida @UNFPORL Poll: Biden 46% Trump 40% Was Biden +1 last month (Poll Conducted 3/31-4/4)— Political Polls (@Political Polls) 1586220923.0
NEW: For the first time, Joe Biden has surged past Donald Trump in Florida in every major poll. The former Vice Pr… https://t.co/ZGqCGHktDK— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers) 1586182109.0
That's an about face from the narrow victory Trump enjoyed in the state on the night of the 2016 election.
The poll also found that 53 percent of Florida voters don't approve of Trump's handling of the pandemic, and even more—58 percent—don't trust him to deliver accurate information regarding it.
People weren't surprised to hear that a majority of Floridians don't trust Trump to deliver accurate information regarding the national crisis.
“A key problem for Trump is that a majority of Floridians, 58 percent, don’t trust him to provide reliable informat… https://t.co/CjBc76CuBJ— Joe Scarborough (@Joe Scarborough) 1586206052.0
Ummmm.....all this lying about the pandemic isn't the only thing that puts him in jeopardy for re-election........h… https://t.co/VQ6iCk5HKj— Marjorie Harrold (@Marjorie Harrold) 1586208475.0
Doctor for Lie-ology, Trump can't define truth even if the Evangelists proclaimed him a god! https://t.co/stl6cY0vQt— IsMichael Fermanich (@IsMichael Fermanich) 1586207157.0
This is not rocket science. The majority of the population sees Trump for what he is: a fraud. A very small percent… https://t.co/mF54p49lXR— Turner & Associates (@Turner & Associates) 1586207792.0
All in all, the poll spells bad news for the President.
He is too dense to realize he is his worst enemy. https://t.co/FQvxZ38I6X— Never tRumper (@Never tRumper) 1586205411.0
Wow--Are MAGA folks finally beginning to wake up from their Trump-induced coma? https://t.co/UrzjDKRMld— Dawn Morais Webster (@Dawn Morais Webster) 1586207190.0
Those aren't the only states where Trump is struggling against Biden in the polls. Other recent polls have Biden up in Michigan and Wisconsin.
#Michigan @ppppolls (D) Poll: Biden 48% Trump 45% https://t.co/Ldpw4ZiCDH— Political Polls (@Political Polls) 1585863127.0
#Wisconsin @MarquetteU Poll: Democratic Primary Biden 62% (+28) Sanders 34% General Election Biden 48% (+3) Trump… https://t.co/81JqNRiOZr— Political Polls (@Political Polls) 1585763723.0
In fact, the poll averages bear this out in crucial swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and even Arizona.
As we learned all too vividly in 2016, polls mean nothing if people don't vote.