Biden leads Trump by 9 points in Pennsylvania: poll

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 9 points in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, according to a new poll. 

Biden has the support of 50 percent of the state’s registered voters surveyed for a Franklin and Marshall College poll released Thursday, compared to Trump’s 41 percent. 

Biden’s support is largely driven by an anti-Trump sentiment, with 55 percent of Biden’s supporters in Pennsylvania saying they are voting against Trump, not for the former vice president. By comparison, 78 percent of Trump supporters said they are planning to vote in support of Trump and not against Biden, based on the poll. 

The survey also found Biden has slightly more support among self-identified liberals than Trump holds with conservatives; 95 percent of liberals said they plan to vote for Biden, while 86 percent of conservatives said they plan to vote for Trump. Biden also is leading among moderate voters over Trump, 63 percent to 22 percent, based on the poll. 

The survey also found there are “far fewer” registered voters in 2020 who express support for a third-party candidate or who are undecided compared to July 2016. 

Trump narrowly carried Pennsylvania in 2016, and it is a key state for Democrats’ hopes to retake the White House.

Recent polls have shown Biden with a lead nationally and in a number of other key swing states, including Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina

The Franklin and Marshall poll surveyed 667 Pennsylvania registered voters, including 324 Democrats, 271 Republicans and 72 independents. It was conducted July 20-26. The results were weighted for age, gender, education, geography and party registration. The margin of error is 5.5 percentage points.

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