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Poll finds Biden widening lead in Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' 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. 

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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.