Despite Trump Attacks Over Kenosha, Biden Holds Double-Digit Wisconsin Lead: Poll

Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still 10 points ahead of Donald Trump in the key battleground state of Wisconsin, despite the president's repeated attempts to pin the violence in Kenosha and other cities on his challenger.

The latest tracker survey data released by Morning Consult found that 52 percent of likely voters in Wisconsin intended to vote for Biden as of Wednesday. By comparison, 42 percent of state voters said they would opt for Trump at the ballot box.

When the same survey was conducted in mid-August, the gap between the presidential candidates in the key 2020 swing state was far tighter.

Forty-eight percent of Wisconsin voters told pollsters on August 17 that they would be voting for Biden, while 45 percent favored Trump—a difference of just 3 percentage points.

The Democratic nominee has since boosted his lead by 7 points and put himself outside the tracker survey's average margin of error.

Morning Consult's latest tracker survey data is based on an average of 797 interviews with likely voters in Wisconsin between August 24 and September 2. Its margin of error stands at 3.5 points.

The pollster released new poll numbers from the state in the wake of a visit Trump paid to Kenosha, Wisconsin earlier this week.

After visiting a building destroyed amid protests over the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, the president said the violence that coincided with demonstrations was "domestic terror" and tried to put the blame on "reckless far-left politicians."

"We have to stop this horrible left-wing ideology that seems to be permeating our country," Trump said at a press briefing earlier this week. "It's weakness on behalf of Democratic politicians."

At the Republican National Convention, which began as protests kicked off in Kenosha over the police shooting of Blake, the president similarly tried to paint Biden as a silent supporter of the unfolding unrest and street violence.

"During their convention, Joe Biden and his supporters remained completely silent about the rioters and criminals spreading mayhem in Democrat-run cities," Trump said as he delivered a keynote speech outside the White House.

"They never even mentioned it during their entire convention. Now, they are starting to mention it because their poll numbers are going down like a rock in water."

He added that Biden's campaign had failed to condemn "left-wing anarchy and mayhem" unfolding in cities across the country as Americans voiced their concerns about police brutality.

Appearing in Kenosha on Thursday, Biden spoke with Jacob Blake by phone before attending a community meeting where he promised to tackle racial inequality whether or not he wins the 2020 election.

"I'm going to go down fighting for racial equality, equity across the board," the Democratic nominee said. He later added that Trump was a divisive figure who "legitimizes a dark side of human nature."

Joe Biden in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Joe Biden participates in a meeting with members of the community at Grace Lutheran Church on September 3, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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