Majority of Penn. Biden Supporters Voting 'Against' Trump Than 'For' Democrat

A slim majority of Pennsylvania voters supporting Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race, say their vote will be cast more "against" President Donald Trump than "for" the former vice president.

Conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College between July 20 and 26, the poll found that 55 percent of Biden backers were motivated to vote for the former vice president so they could see Trump unseated, rather than out of an eagerness to see Biden himself in power.

Among those who said they would be voting for Trump, the overwhelming majority expressed the opposing sentiment, saying they were backing their candidate out of support for the president himself, rather than as a vote against Biden.

Of those supporting Trump, 78 percent said their decision was "more of a vote for" the president than "against Joe Biden."

Meanwhile, just 22 percent of Trump backers in Pennsylvania said their ballots would be cast against the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The Pennsylvania poll found Trump to be trailing behind Biden at 41 percent to 50 percent, with the survey's findings coming as yet another blow in a series of polls suggesting that Trump is behind in the six most important battleground states.

Pennsylvania is one of them, with Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona and Florida also key states in the presidential race.

Only 38 percent of participants in the poll said they felt that Trump was doing an excellent or good job leading the country, with the results unchanged since January.

Among Republicans, 75 percent gave positive reviews for the president's performance. Meanwhile, just six percent of Democrats expressed the same feelings, while 38 percent of independents felt the same.

Unsurprisingly, conservatives were more likely (81 percent) than moderates (20 percent) or liberals (2 percent) to give the president positive ratings on his job performance.

As the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College noted in its findings, however, Trump's ratings on specific topics "show considerable issue-by-issue variability."

"He outperforms his overall job rating on the economy, with 45 percent rating him positively for creating jobs," the center noted. However, when it comes to foreign policy and immigration, his ratings are similar to his overall rating, while his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and performance on improving healthcare and protecting the environment were "well below his overall rating."

In terms of whether the U.S. is "headed in the right direction," only one in four (24 percent) of Pennsylvanian respondents said they believed it was, with the share representing a significant drop from January, when two in five (38 percent) of people shared that sentiment.

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mark Makela/Getty