Fox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin
President Trump trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona, according to surveys from Fox News released Wednesday.
Trump won all three states in 2016, and few believed until recently that Ohio might be in play.
The Fox News poll of the Buckeye State found Biden at 45 percent and Trump at 43 percent, which is within the survey’s 3.5 percentage point margin of error.
Trump carried Ohio by 8 points in 2016, and most Democrats had abandoned any hope that the onetime presidential bellwether might be up for grabs in 2020.
The Trump campaign recently put money behind an ad campaign in Ohio in an effort to bolster the president’s standing there.
The survey found that voters in Ohio trust Trump over Biden on the economy by an 11-point margin. But voters trust Biden by 13 points on the issue of race relations, which has moved to the forefront amid the protests sweeping the nation following the death of George Floyd.
Biden also leads by 6 points on the question of who is better equipped to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
The Arizona poll found Biden leading Trump 46 percent to 42 percent.
Trump won Arizona by 4 points in 2016. The Grand Canyon State has gone for the Democratic presidential nominee only once in the past 70 years, but it has become more purple since 2018 as suburban voters in the densely populated areas around Phoenix have gravitated away from the GOP.
The survey also found Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) trailing her Democratic challenger Mark Kelly by 13 points. In 2018, Kyrsten Sinema became the first Democratic senator from Arizona in more than two decades.
The Arizona Senate race is a critical contest that could determine the balance of power in the chamber as Democrats seek to win back a majority.
The final Fox News poll found Biden opening up a 9-point lead in Wisconsin, which Trump won only narrowly in 2016.
Trump was first GOP presidential candidate in decades to carry Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Democrats have been bullish about their chances of winning back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but many have been skeptical about their chances of winning back Wisconsin, with its predominantly white electorate.
The Wisconsin Fox News poll found Trump and Biden statistically tied on the economy, with Biden leading by double-digit margins on race relations and the pandemic.
The Fox News survey of 803 voters in Ohio was conducted between May 30 and June 2 and has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error. The survey of 801 Wisconsin voters has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error, and the survey of 1,002 Arizona voters has a 3 percentage point margin of error.