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Biden leads Trump by 8 points in Michigan: poll

Biden leads Trump by 8 points in Michigan: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE (D) holds a steady lead over President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE in Michigan, a state that Trump won four years ago, according to a poll released Thursday.

Biden leads Trump by 8 percentage points in an ALG Research survey of likely voters commissioned by the Committee to Protect Medicare, with those leaning towards the two candidates factored in. The former vice president has the support of 52 percent of voters in the poll compared to the president's 44 percent.

Democrats hold a smaller but still significant lead among voters when asked which party they will support for control of Michigan's state legislature in November, leading Republicans 49-44 in that category.

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Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan Senate votes to exempt high school graduations from crowd restrictions White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states For Michigan, Biden's first 100 days brought much-needed relief MORE (D), a Biden supporter, also enjoys widespread statewide popularity, with 64 percent of respondents saying they thought her performance as governor was "excellent" or "good." Just 34 percent said that her job performance was "not so good" or "poor."

Trump's approval for his handling of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is underwater in the survey, with 6 in 10 voters disapproving of his performance on the issue compared to just 40 percent who said he was doing a good job at managing the U.S. response to the virus.

Biden leads Trump by an average of 7 percentage points in Michigan according to a FiveThirtyEight polling average, and has seen his lead in the state remain around that level for months following a decision by the Trump campaign earlier this year to move some ad-buying resources out of the state.

ALG Research's poll surveyed response from 800 likely voters in Michigan between Sept. 17-23. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.