George Floyd Protests Increase Support for Joe Biden Over Donald Trump: Poll

The George Floyd protests have made a plurality of voters more likely to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in this year's presidential election, new polling data shows.

The latest survey from Morning Consult found that 45 percent of registered voters were more likely to vote for Biden—all-but-confirmed as the Democratic nominee—as a result of ongoing unrest sparked by the killing of Floyd in police custody last week.

By comparison, 31 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump in November because of the protests. Eighteen percent said the protests would not impact their vote.

The new Morning Consult poll surveyed a national sample of 1,624 registered voters between May 31 and June 1. Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.

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Among African Americans, the gap between Biden and the president was far wider. Seventy percent told pollsters they were more likely to vote for Biden as a result of the protests, putting the Democrat 64 points ahead of Trump.

Voters of other ethnicities backed Biden over Trump by a 30-point margin, with 49 percent saying they were more likely to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee and 19 percent supporting the incumbent.

Asked how they would describe Trump's handling of the ongoing unrest, less than a third of all voters (32 percent) told Morning Consult his handling of the protests had been excellent, very good, or good.

A combined 56 percent judged his performance on the issue to be only fair or poor as of Monday. A further 12 percent saying they were either unsure or had no opinion on Trump's handling of the Floyd protests.

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Biden enjoyed slightly better polling on his reaction to the demonstrations. Thirty-six percent of voters said his response had been excellent, very good, or good, but 38 percent said it had been only fair or poor.

A little more than a quarter of voters (26 percent) said they didn't know what to make of Biden's handling of protests or had no opinion on the matter.

Morning Consult asked voters whether they supported or opposed the Floyd protests to assess the public mood.

Fifty-seven percent said they either strongly or somewhat supported the demonstrations and just 23 percent opposed them.

A plurality of 47 percent also said they backed the protesters themselves compared to 33 percent who said they were opposed to the demonstrators.

The polling data was published as demonstrations against the death of Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody last week continued for the seventh day running. There were more clashes between protesters and law enforcement.

Police fired tear gas at protesters in Washington D.C. on Monday as they sought to clear a path for the president to reach St. John's Church, a 200-year-old landmark struck by fire amid unrest, for a photo opportunity.

Tear gas canisters were launched outside the White House as Trump threatened to send in the military to break up unrest across the U.S. if states could not get the situation under control.

"If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," the president said in a Rose Garden speech.

Joe Biden on Memorial Day, Delaware
Joe Biden on Memorial Day at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park in Newcastle, Delaware, May 25, 2020. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
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