Donald Trump Has over Twice as Much In-Person Election Day Support as Joe Biden: Poll

While Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in national polling, a recent survey shows the Republican incumbent has double the support among voters planning to cast ballots in person on Election Day.

In a new Pew Research Center poll, conducted among 10,543 registered voters September 30 to October 5, Biden had a 10-point lead overall in terms of who intended to back him or were leaning towards doing so.

More than half, 52 percent, swayed to the Democrat, compared to 42 percent for Trump.

When methods of voting were taken into account, however, there was a split in which candidate led depending on how ballots were cast.

Biden led with those who intend to vote in person before Election Day, with 55 percent of those for the former vice president and 40 percent Trump. And in terms of voting by mail, 69 percent of those doing so were for or leaning Biden, compared to 27 percent for Trump.

However, when it came to those planning to vote in person voting on Election Day, Trump had more than double Biden's support—with 63 percent of such voters intending to use this method supporting him compared to 31 percent for Biden. The polling included some people who indicated how they had already cast their votes.

The Pew Research polling also showed a split in how the pair are viewed in terms of different personal traits, with Trump seen as more "mentally sharp" but Biden viewed as more compassionate and honest.

The varying support comes with Trump having long criticized the roll out of universal mail-in voting in some areas. This provision has expanded in many states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Trump has suggested it could be open to rampant fraud, despite their not being evidence of such fraud being widespread previously.

While he has said he is against universal mail-in voting, he has said he has no issue with absentee voting if it is the kind in which you have to apply for a ballot. The president has voted this way himself.

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

Several recent national polls have seen Trump trail Biden by double-digit figures, while according to FiveThirtyEight's tracker he is 10.2 points behind.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Duluth International Airport on September 30, 2020 in Duluth, Minnesota. A new poll has shown him leading in terms of in-person election day votes. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images