Biden sees 5-point favorability boost after convention: poll

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE saw his favorability increase 5 percentage points following his party's virtual convention last week, an ABC News-Ipsos poll found.

The former vice president's favorability increased from 40 percent to 45 percent in a week, according to the poll. This included an increase from 79 percent to 86 percent among Democrats. Black Americans gave him the highest favorability rating of any racial group, at 69 percent. His favorability is 39 percent among whites and 52 percent among Hispanics.

The poll found President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE’s favorability around 32 percent, mostly unchanged from other recent polls, but his unfavorability increased to 60 percent. Vice President Pence had a favorability rating of 30 percent and an unfavorability rating of 46 percent.


Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE (D-Calif.), has a favorability rating of 41 percent among the three-quarters of respondents who were familiar with her. The percentage of Americans familiar enough to have an opinion of her is up 10 points from last week, shortly after she was named Biden’s running mate.

Her approval among Black Americans increased 8 percentage points, from 52 to 60 percent. Among Democrats overall, her favorability reached 77 percent.

Biden’s ratings are higher than former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Rep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? MORE, who saw her favorability slightly underwater, at 48 favorable and 50 percent unfavorable, following the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

However, the new poll found only 30 percent of Americans watched at least some of the Democratic convention, compared with 62 percent who said the same in a 2016 Gallup poll.

A slight majority of respondents, 51 percent, said the 2020 convention was overly focused on attacks on Republicans, compared with 45 percent who said it struck the right balance. The percentages were far closer in the 2016 Gallup poll, which found 43 percent saying the right balance was struck, compared with 44 percent who said that convention was overly focused on attacking the GOP.

Pollsters surveyed a random sample of 714 adults from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22. The new survey has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.