Poll finds Biden widening lead in Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE leads President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE by nine points in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll released on Thursday. 

Forty-nine percent of Pennsylvania registered voters said they would vote for Biden if the election were held today, while 40 percent said the same about Trump. In August, the same poll found that 42 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Trump, while 49 percent said the same about Biden. 

The same survey showed Biden's lead among likely voters to be slightly narrower at 48 percent to 42 percent. 


On specific issues, Trump leads Biden 48 percent to 46 percent on the economy.

However, Biden leads Trump on all other issues included in the poll.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters said that Biden would do a better job of keeping communities safe, while 43 percent said the same about Trump.

Fifty-three percent said Biden would make a better commander in chief of the military, while 41 percent said Trump would do a better job. On the coronavirus pandemic, 50 percent said Biden has the best plan, while 31 percent said the same about the president. 

A number of recent polls show Biden leading Trump in Pennsylvania, which Trump narrowly flipped for Republicans in 2016. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Biden leading Trump by 4.1 points. 

The Franklin and Marshall College survey was conducted Sept. 14-20 among 625 Pennsylvania registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 6.5 percentage points.