Biden Holds 9-Point Lead On Trump, Buoyed by Older Voters, Independents: Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holds a 9-point lead on President Donald Trump buoyed by support from older voters and independents, according to a recent national poll.

Biden is ahead in most surveys with two weeks to go, with advantages in a number of battleground states as well as at a national level.

Of 14,994 likely voters asked by Morning Consult from October 16 to 18, more than half, 52 percent, backed Biden, compared to 43 percent for Trump.

In a breakdown of age groups, Biden took a majority of younger voters while he also got the most support from older voters.

Among those aged 18 to 34, Biden received 58 percent of their support, while among the 65-plus age range he held 53 percent of their support.

Biden led across the board with different age ranges, though these results were closers.

With those aged 35 to 44, 49 percent went for Biden and 45 percent Trump, while among the age range 45 to 64, 48 percent were for Biden and 47 percent for Trump.

The numbers for older voters mark a potential concern for Trump, having outperformed Hillary Clinton with older voters in 2016 he would have hoped to retain such support in this election.

However, Trump has potentially risked alienating such voters of late with attacks against his rival Biden which have focused on the Democrat's age.

Both Trump and Biden have angled for the senior vote, with Biden having suggested that "the only senior that Donald Trump cares about—the only senior—is senior Donald Trump."

Other polling has shown the numbers for the pair with such voters as being tighter, with Biden at around a one-percent lead with the demographic.

Among different political persuasions, most Republican and Democratic identifying respondents went for their candidate as would be expected, with only 5 percent of Democrats saying they would back Trump and 7 percent of Republicans backing Biden.

In terms of those identifying as independents, Biden held a 9-point lead, similar to the advantage he held overall.

Nearly half, 48 percent, of independents said they would back Biden, compared to 39 percent for Trump.

As well as being ahead in each age range, Biden also held the advantage among respondents from each different salary range.

Of those earning under $50,000, more than half, 53 percent, supported Biden. Some 51 percent of those earning $50,000 to $100,000 also favored the Democrat.

Among those asked whose earnings were upwards of $100,000, 50 percent were for Biden compared to 45 percent for Trump.

This comes despite Trump's consistent criticisms of Biden's tax-raising plans, which the Democrat has insisted will not impact anyone earning under $400,000.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden waves as he departs The Queen theater on October 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. He is leading in national polls ahead of Election Day. Drew Angerer/Getty Images