Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic as something that would disappear on its own, chiding Biden as recently as last week for wearing a protective mask, even as the coronavirus infected millions of people and forced businesses and schools to close.
Most Americans continue to be deeply worried about the virus, and the poll found that 65%, including 9 in 10 registered Democrats and 5 in 10 registered Republicans, agreed that “if President Trump had taken coronavirus more seriously, he probably would not have been infected.”
New Reuters/Ipsos poll, all taken after the announcement that Trump tested positive, finds no sympathy bounce. Biden leads by 10 nationally, 51-41.
“little indication of an outpouring of support for the president beyond Trump’s core group of followers”https://t.co/fxUBGgKRfW
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 4, 2020