Biden's Lead Grows in Michigan and Florida, States Where Trump Narrowly Won in 2016, New Poll Shows

Former Vice President Joe Biden's lead has grown in Michigan and Florida, states where President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016, according to new polling reported Tuesday.

The Florida survey showed that if the election were held today, 50 percent of 910 registered voters would vote for Biden, as opposed to 40 percent who would vote for Trump.

The president had an even worse showing in the Michigan poll, where 37 percent of 907 registered voters said they would vote for Trump if the election were held today. Biden got 50 percent of voter support in this battleground state as well.

Trump narrowly won Florida and Michigan over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. In Florida, Trump received 49.1 percent of the vote, compared with Clinton's 47.8 percent, a difference of less than 200,000 votes.

The vote was even closer in Michigan, as Trump won the state with 47.6 percent of the vote. Clinton received 47.3 percent and lost the state by less than 12,000 votes.

The undecided-voters demographic in both states could prove to be key for Trump in gaining ground over Biden. In the Florida poll, there were 91 undecided voters, 52 of whom identified as independent. Twenty-six percent of those undecided voters said they leaned toward Trump, while 21 percent said they leaned toward Biden. Another 34 percent said they were either not sure or preferred not to answer.

The Michigan poll showed that out 122 undecided voters, 27 percent leaned toward Biden and 19 percent leaned toward Trump, with 30 percent saying they were either unsure of preferred not to answer.

Both states held their primaries in mid-March, prior to shutdowns over the coronavirus pandemic. Trump received over 1.1 million votes in Florida and over 639,000 votes in Michigan, where he ran virtually unopposed. Biden received over a million votes in Florida and more than 838,000 in Michigan, back when it was virtually a two-man Democratic race between Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders.

While Trump trailed by over 10 points in both polls, he fared much better when it came to whom the registered voters believed would win the election. In Michigan, 39 percent of voters indicated that they expect Trump to win in November, compared with 42 percent who expect Biden to win. Forty-two percent of Florida voters said they expect Biden to win, while 44 percent said they expect the Trump to be re-elected.

Both polls were conducted by American Greatness and the TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics, with Floridians surveyed between June 9 and 11 and Michiganders polled between June 9 and 12.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns for comments on the polls, but neither responded before publication.

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Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on June 2. Polls show he is leading Donald Trump in Michigan and Florida, states the president narrowly won in 2016. Jim Watson/Getty
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