Poll: Trump-Biden match-up within margin of error in Pennsylvania

President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE are running neck and neck in Pennsylvania, according to a new Muhlenberg College-Morning Call poll released Thursday.

Biden leads with 49 percent support among likely voters in the Keystone State, but Trump trails close behind with 45 percent, a difference that falls within the survey’s margin of error. Three percent of voters said they will vote for neither candidate, and another 3 percent said they were unsure. 

Trump’s approval rating is underwater in the state, with 51 percent of likely voters saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing and 43 percent approving. His handling specifically of the coronavirus pandemic is also viewed unfavorably, with 51 percent saying it’s been “poor” and only 17 percent saying it’s been “excellent.”

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Pennsylvania is set to be one of the most competitive battlegrounds in 2020 after Trump won the state by just more than 1 point in 2016, the first time the state had gone for a Republican presidential contender since 1988.

Past polling has shown Biden holding a single-digit lead over Trump in the state, and the RealClearPolitics polling average has him up 5.7 points.

Democrats are hopeful that Biden, who hails from Scranton, Pa., will be able to tap into his working-class roots to win back white voters in Rust Belt states who defected from the Democratic Party in 2016. 

Democrats got a boost in the state in 2018 when Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Manchin, Sanders to seek deal on Biden agenda Democrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan MORE Jr. and Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfJosh Shapiro officially launches Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign Republicans are today's Dixiecrats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - House debt vote today; Biden struggles to unite MORE were reelected by double digits. In an indicator of more down-ballot success, the party is also ahead in the generic congressional ballot by 7 points in Thursday’s poll. 

The Muhlenberg College-Morning Call poll surveyed 416 likely Pennsylvania voters from Aug. 11 to 17 and has a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.