Biden sees 5-point favorability boost after convention: poll
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden 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 Trump’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 Harris (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 Clinton, 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.
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