Joe Biden is beating President Donald Trump in Rust Belt states that were critical to Trump’s victory in 2016, according to a new poll.
Biden leads Trump by wide margins in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a Fox News poll released on Thursday evening. Fifty percent of voters in Pennsylvania said they would vote for Biden, compared with 39 percent for Trump. That represents a drop for the president from April, when 42 percent of voters said they would choose Trump, compared with Biden’s consistent 50 percent.
Michigan saw similar, though slightly narrower, results, with 49 percent of voters favoring Biden, compared with 40 percent supporting Trump. That figure has changed only slightly since April, when 41 percent of respondents in the state supported Trump.
In both states, Trump is ahead among white voters without a college degree, whereas Biden attracts voters of color, suburban voters and women.
Both states played crucial roles in Trump’s victory in 2016. He won Pennsylvania with 48.8 percent of the vote, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 47.6 percent. In Michigan, Trump won with an even narrower lead, getting 47.6 percent of the vote, compared with Clinton’s 47.3 percent.
The Fox News polls were conducted from Saturday to Monday via landlines and cellphones. Poll organizers used a sample of 756 Michigan voters and 793 Pennsylvania voters, and the results had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.