Poll: Biden neck and neck with Trump in Florida, Arizona

Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE is leading President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE in the battleground states of Florida and Arizona, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll released Wednesday. 

The survey found the former vice president 4 points ahead in Florida, with Biden garnering 49 percent support and Trump with 45 percent. Biden leads Trump by two points ahead Arizona, registering 48 percent support ahead of Trump's 46 percent support.

Both of Biden's leads in the states are within the survey's margin of error. 


In 2016, Trump won Florida and Arizona by slim margins, with Trump winning the Sunshine State by 1.2 points over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE. Trump won Arizona by 3.6 points over Clinton.

Should Biden win Arizona in November, he would be the first Democrat to do so since former President Clinton in 1996. 

According to the Reuters poll, 50 percent of Florida participants said Biden would be better at handling the coronavirus, compared to 41 percent who said the same of Trump. 

With regard to COVID-19, Arizona 49 percent of likely voters said that Biden would be better suited to handle the outbreak, with 43 percent saying the same of Trump.

The poll comes just six days after the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. He and other top Republicans have contracted the disease including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, top White House aide Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE and former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE


Trump ended coronavirus relief talks Tuesday night, claiming that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.) and Democrats were not negotiating on a stimulus package in "good faith." The president later appeared to back track somewhat Wednesday, urging Congress to pass smaller stand-alone bills.  

A recent Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Biden leading by 11 points in Florida with more than 50 percent of the vote.

A Rasmussen poll released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump by 12 points nationally.

The show of support for Biden comes after a chaotic debate between the president and Biden last Tuesday. During the event in Ohio, moderator and Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE struggled to keep the conversation on track and was subjected to numerous interruptions, many of them from Trump himself.

The Reuters-Ipsos opinion polls were conducted online in both Arizona and Florida in English, as well as Spanish.

The Florida survey was conducted from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, gathering responses from 1,100 adults, including 678 likely voters, and had a credibility interval of 4 percentage points. 

The Arizona poll was conducted from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7, gathering responses from 1,099 adults, including 663 likely voters, and had a credibility interval of 4 percentage points.