As if President Donald Trump's first term as President wasn't chaotic and scandal-laden enough, voters are now seeing how the President reacts to a national health crisis that's already resulted in the deaths of over 40,000 Americans.
This comes right around the time former Vice President Joe Biden becomes the last Democrat standing to take on Donald Trump in November in the general election.
As a result, more and more people are comparing Trump's and Biden's stances on the virus that's caused a global pandemic and resulted in the unemployment of millions of Americans across the United States.
While Trump has been erratic and aggressive in his attempts to pass the blame from his bungled response during the early stages of the outbreak, some have seen Biden's levelheadedness and deference to science—a quality that used to be common in a President—as refreshing.
NBC News's political editor Mark Murray noted this in a tweet informing his followers about a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that found Biden beating Trump by 7 points nationally.
He warned, however, that there was bad news among the good for Biden.
The new NBC/WSJ poll has good news and bad news for Joe Biden looking ahead his to November matchup vs Trump. Thisâ�¦ https://t.co/35ndrRNWGF— Mark Murray (@Mark Murray)1587386257.0
The poll shows Biden leading Trump nationally 49 percent to 42 percent.
When that's reduced to the swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Biden still leads by six points.
The article notes that this is a sweet spot for Biden:
"Demographically, he's where a winning Democratic nominee usually wants to be: His biggest advantages are with African-American voters (where he leads Trump, 85 percent to 7 percent), Latinos (60 percent to 26 percent), voters ages 18-34 (54 percent to 31 percent), women (56 percent to 35 percent) and whites with a college degree (55 percent to 37 percent).
He's also is at 42 percent among all white voters (Obama in 2012 was 39 percent here, and Hillary Clinton in 2016 was at 37 percent).
And Biden leads Trump among voters who have a negative opinion of both candidates, 60 percent to 10 percent. (In 2016, voters who had negative opinions of both Trump and Clinton broke overwhelmingly for Trump.)"
The poll left people wondering...Where is the bad news?
@mmurraypolitics â��when the race is reduced to 11 swing states â�� Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesâ�¦ https://t.co/rpP0R7mQuw— Fisch (@Fisch)1587386516.0
@mmurraypolitics @STabbytosavit @MTPFirstRead Waiting for the BAD News in this Tweetð�¥� https://t.co/ZWubMmQ8JB— ð�¥�LaddyLeoð�¥� (@ð�¥�LaddyLeoð�¥�)1587394386.0
@mmurraypolitics @MTPFirstRead You guys are still obsessed with the objectively false idea that Trump has magical pâ�¦ https://t.co/NoefVkMFJR— CalAttorney (@CalAttorney)1587386834.0
The bad news for Biden was slim.
According to the poll voters ages 18-34 had a net negative opinion of him—but Biden still leads Trump among them by 20 points. Another piece of bad news was that voters weren't clear on Biden's stance on the virus—understandable, since he's a private citizen.
Lastly, Trump leads Biden on a favorable view of the economy, however that might not remain. Trump's economy was largely a continuation of the Obama economy, which saw the United States out of a historic recession. Biden was Vice President during that effort, and after this global pandemic, much of the economic gains made under Trump will have to be rebuilt, instead of simply continued.
People weren't exactly threatened by the so-called bad news.
My god, the "bad" news is that Biden is not personally popular with 18-34 voters but still leads Trump by 23 pointsâ�¦ https://t.co/vV8cd5f7OW— Justin Rosario (@Justin Rosario)1587390120.0
@mmurraypolitics @MTPFirstRead I doubt that Trumps lead on handling the economy will hold up when the unemployment rate hits 20%.— Richard Feltman (@Richard Feltman)1587394099.0
@mmurraypolitics @MTPFirstRead Itâ��s not just Joe Bidenâ��s name on the ballot, itâ��s Americaâ��s.— Liamð��½Hughes (@Liamð��½Hughes)1587389065.0
@nwfisch @mmurraypolitics They really have to dig into the barrel for bad news for Biden: trust/donâ��t trust on COVIâ�¦ https://t.co/DCOsxjrDhE— Stephen (@Stephen)1587387671.0
No one knows for sure what will happen in November, but you can have a say. Are you registered to vote?
For a deeper look into the chaos of the Trump presidency, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.