Trump's Rising Approval Rating Is Having Little Impact on Biden's Election Lead: Polls

President Donald Trump's approval rating has been gradually rising over the past few weeks but this doesn't appear to have helped him bridge the gap with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden remains ahead of Trump in national polling by an average of 7.5 percent, according to poll tracking from FiveThirtyEight. In some polls, Trump has been behind by as much as 10 points.

That's despite the fact Trump's approval rating now stands at an average of 43.5 percent. This is a rise from a low of 38 percent in a Morning Consult poll from 28 to 31 August.

YouGov polling from 1 to 3 September shows Trump's approval at 44 percent, while their poll from the previous week recorded an identical approval rating.

However, Biden continues to enjoy a commanding lead in presidential election polls both nationally and in crucial swing states.

A YouGov poll shows Biden leading Trump by 52 percent to 42 percent up to 4 September—a ten point lead.

Biden has enjoyed a national lead throughout August and September. He's also further ahead of Trump than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was at this point during the 2016 election.

The Trump campaign's attacks on Biden don't appear to be cutting into his lead, which has remained steady through the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Trump did not get a poll bounce from the RNC, as many had widely anticipated. His campaign had hoped to capitalize on the prime time TV event to regain some ground on Biden but polling showed the convention failed to move the needle, according to CNN's poll of polls.

Despite speculation that the race will tighten as November approaches, polling seems to show the opposite is the case. Biden is maintaining his lead with Trump trailing between 7 and 10 points behind, The New York Times reported.

Biden also enjoys a lead in key swing states. Trump's 2016 victory relied on narrow wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin but a Quinnipiac poll shows him behind in all three states.

A CBS/YouGov poll from 6 September shows Biden with a 6 point lead in Wisconsin, while Quinnipiac showed the Democrat 8 points ahead in Pennsylvania on 3 September.

Polling in Michigan is less exhaustive but a Morning Consult survey showed Biden with a commanding lead of 10 to 11 points in the state that was once considered part of the "blue wall."

Trump has repeatedly dismissed unfavorable polls as "fake" while publicizing positive numbers on his Twitter account.

"It's like with Hillary," Trump said. "I was behind in the polls in the battleground states in every poll, and then I ended up winning all those states ... and winning states that I wasn't even supposed to be in play."

President Donald Trump During a News Conference
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a news conference the White House on September 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on a variety of topics, including a recent magazine article in The Atlantic accusing him of making disparaging remarks about American soldiers. His rising approval rating doesn't seem to have helped his election chances. Drew Angerer/Getty Images