Biden Has Widened His Lead Over Trump by 9 Points Since the Coronavirus Pandemic Began: Poll

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has widened his lead over President Donald Trump by nine points since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

According to the survey from Monmouth University, 53 percent of respondents said they would vote for Biden if the presidential election were held today, while 41 percent sided with Trump. It polled 867 U.S. adults from June 26 to June 30, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

The new poll's most recent findings show Biden's lead increasing greatly across several different surveys. In a study conducted this past March, Biden held a 3-point lead over the president (48-45). That increased to a 4-point lead in April (48-44), a 9-point lead in May (50-41), and an 11-point lead in June (52-41).

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. in March, Trump's response has been criticized by people across the country, with many feeling that he has continued to downplay the severity of the virus.

During his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, Trump suggested that the U.S. should minimize the amount of coronavirus tests conducted.

"When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people," Trump said during the rally. "You're going to find more cases. So I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down, please.'"

Shortly after Trump's comments, several members of his administration said that his remarks were a joke. But Trump then doubled down and said "I don't kid," while speaking to reporters outside of the White House.

"We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world. We test better than anybody in the world. Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them. By having more tests, we find more cases," Trump added.

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden holds up a mask as he speaks during a campaign event June 30, 2020 at Alexis I. Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex Wong/Getty

Additionally, the Monmouth University poll found that Americans are more confident in Biden's "mental and physical stamina necessary to carry out the job of president." About 52 percent of respondents said they were confident in Biden's mental and physical stamina, with 23 percent saying very confident and 29 percent saying somewhat confident. On the other hand, 11 percent said they were not too confident, and 34 percent said not at all confident.

In comparison, 45 percent of the Monmouth's study respondents said they were confident in Trump's mental and physical stamina, with 33 percent saying they are very confident and 12 percent saying somewhat confident. The poll also found that 11 percent said they were not too confident, and 43 percent said they were not at all confident.

Several other nationally conducted polls also found Biden leading Trump, and RealClearPolitics' average of these polls shows Biden with a 9.3-point advantage over the president.

Newsweek reached out to the campaign offices for both Biden and Trump for comment on the poll's findings, but did not receive a response in time for publication.