Joe Biden Takes Widest Lead Yet Over Trump With Less Than 30 Days Until Election, New Poll Shows

Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken his widest lead yet over Donald Trump, gathering a 16-point lead over the president with less than 30 days left until Election Day.

Biden now holds the support of a decisive majority of U.S. voters just a few weeks before the November 3 presidential election. The latest CNN Poll released Tuesday morning shows 57 percent of Americans from all political affiliations are behind the Democratic nominee over Trump, who received only 41 percent of support. The national poll of 1,025 U.S. adults via phone found Biden has a 20 percent lead over Trump among women voters, 57 to 37 percent.

A solid majority of those surveyed said Trump's poor debate performance and his October 1 COVID-19 diagnosis—a virus many said he has downplayed—led to Biden's widest lead yet in the 2020 election cycle. The 16-point lead in this latest CNN poll was mirrored by a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Monday showing Biden with a 14-point national lead over Trump.

Biden holds more than 20-point advantages (59 percent to 38 percent) among voters who said they consider the coronavirus pandemic or health care to be critically important issues. Among respondents who said the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a top issue, 57 percent to 41 percent said they support Biden.

Biden's favorability ratings were boosted beyond the half-point mark, with a slight 52 percent majority of Americans now saying they have a positive impression of the Democratic candidate. Just 39 percent of those polled said the same of Trump.

CNN political analyst David Chalian noted Tuesday morning that the gender gap between the two candidates has become staggering. Biden holds a 32-point lead over Trump, 66 to 32, among likely women voters, "far beyond what Hillary Clinton had" in the 2016 election, he noted. Among people of color, Biden holds an overwhelming 72 to 25 percent advantage over Trump.

But it's two demographics where Trump has for months dominated—white people and male voters—where Biden has dramatically minimized the once sizable advantage held by the president. Trump holds a slight edge over Biden in terms of men nationwide, with 49 percent to Biden's 47 percent of support. And among white voters, Biden has overtaken Trump to gain a 51 to 47 percent majority of support.

Trump continues to hold his largest advantage among white men with no college degree, 57 percent to Biden's 38 percent of support, according to this latest poll.

The CNN/SSRS pollsters noted that Biden's 16-point lead over Trump is drawn from a random national group of respondents and doesn't narrowly reflect the tight races in six or seven battleground states where the presidential election will likely be decided. "A poll is not a prediction of how the election will ultimately turn out but instead is a snapshot of the race as it currently stands," they wrote Tuesday.

The partisan composition of the poll showed that 35 percent of respondents said they consider themselves Democrats and 30 percent identified themselves as Republicans. Among independent voters, there has been a shift leaning toward the Democratic Party that has given Democrats a 10-point edge in this election cycle.

Newsweek reached out to both the Trump and Biden campaigns for additional remarks and reactions Tuesday morning but did not receive replies before publication.

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Supporters greet Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden outside the Greensburg Amtrak Station September 30, 2020 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Biden was on a day-long rail trip across Ohio and Pennsylvania following last night's debate with President Donald Trump. ALEX WONG / Staff/Getty Images