Poll: Biden leads Trump by 5 points in Minnesota
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE by five points in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune-MPR News-KARE 11 Minnesota poll.
The survey, which was released on Monday, found that 49 percent of registered Minnesota voters favor Biden in a head-to-head matchup against the president. Forty-four percent said they’d back Trump, while 7 percent said they remained undecided.
The poll indicates that Biden and Trump are in a dead heat among independents, with 42 percent backing Trump and 41 percent the former vice president. Among independent voters, 17 percent said they were undecided.
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Nearly 60 percent of women said they’d back Biden, while 54 percent of men said they were for Trump. Voters 50 and above were also more likely to favor Trump than younger respondents.
Minnesota is seen as a competitive state that leans Democratic. While a Republican hasn’t carried it since 1972, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE won Minnesota by just more than 40,000 votes in the 2016 election.
The Minnesota survey also found that a majority of voters in the state disapprove of Trump’s performance as president. Just 45 percent said they approved of the job Trump has done in the White House, while 53 percent said they don’t.
Biden won the Minnesota Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday after Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) withdrew from the race and endorsed him.
Recent polls have shown Biden with solid leads over the president in national head-to-head matchups. A survey from Fox News released last week showed Biden leading Trump by 8 points nationally. A RealClearPolitics average of polling also shows the former vice president leading Trump by 5.5 percentage points.
The Star Tribune-MPR News-KARE 11 Minnesota survey was conducted between May 18 and May 20 among a population of 800 registered voters. Its margin of error is 3.5 percent.