Trump Motivates Biden Voters Just As Much As the Democrat Does: Poll

Wanting President Donald Trump out of the White House motivates as many Joe Biden voters as does the desire to see the Democrat elected, new polling suggests.

With Biden leading in the polls, Trump's team has previously touted enthusiasm among his supporters as an advantage which might help him buck predictions in the race for the White House.

A recent national CNN/SSRS poll suggests Biden with an advantage, up 12 points on the Republican incumbent, though a gap in voter motivations is highlighted by the results.

More than half (54 percent) of 886 likely voters, asked between October 23 and 26, said they would back the Democratic ticket compared to 42 going for Trump and Pence.

However, among those backing Biden an equal amount said they were voting in order to support him, as said they were voting against Trump.

Of those planning to vote Biden, 48 percent said their ballot would be a "vote for Biden", while 48 percent said it would be a "vote against Trump."

Of those backing Trump, a majority said their vote was definitively for him.

More than three quarters (79 percent) said they were voting for Trump, while 17 percent said they were voting against Biden.

The margin of error on the results for likely voters is plus or minus 3.8 percent.

The Trump campaign has previously suggested polling does not sufficiently look at the president's ability to rally enthusiasm.

"Polling has consistently proved that the mainstream media, Democrats, and so-called political consultants will always underestimate President Trump's ability to connect with the American people," Ken Farnaso, deputy press secretary for Trump's re-election campaign, said in a statement to Newsweek earlier this year.

While Trump himself has also suggested this characteristic of his support is not being acknowledged.

"I don't think people are showing, in terms of the media, the enthusiasm," he previously told reporters. "But the main thing is the people know. One thing I've found out: The public is very smart. They get it."

Newsweek has contacted the Biden and Trump campaigns for comment on the CNN/SSRS polling.

The polling comes with Trump trailing in national polls, by nine points according to FiveThirtyEight's tracker, with Biden also ahead in a number of key states which could decide the Electoral College outcome. Election forecasts have also tipped in favor of Biden.

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President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. A number of voters backing Biden say they are actually using their ballot against Trump. Brendan Smialowski/Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images