ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz reports “there wasn't a whole lot of enthusiasm for Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE" during her recent 6,000-mile road trip across America, and that the economy is voters’ main focus.
The report from Raddatz comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE and Biden, the Democratic nominee, square off tonight in Cleveland in the first of their three scheduled presidential debates.
"Martha, you went on a 6,000-mile road trip across America to see what was on voters’ minds. What did you find out?" co-host Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Meghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear MORE asked Tuesday on "The View."
"A lot of people are talking about the economy more than anything else," Raddatz responded. "I was very surprised, Whoopi, because [in regards to] COVID when you cross the country, you wouldn’t really know it’s happening. I was really shocked at how few people were wearing masks in certain areas. It’s like 'I’m tired of this. I’ll just get back doing what I wanted to do before.’ ”
The economy will be one of six topics to be discussed during the debate moderated by Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE, also including COVID-19, Trump and Biden's records, violence in U.S. cities, the Supreme Court and election integrity.
Raddatz also found that Trump supporters are shrugging off a recent New York Times report showing the former real estate mogul has paid little to no taxes over the past 15 years.
"The hardcore Trump voters ... they basically say Trump walks on water. Nothing will change their mind," Raddatz said. "In fact, this morning I called someone I talked to on the road trip about Donald Trump and the tax story. He said, 'Good for Donald Trump. As long as it wasn’t illegal, I want the name of his accountant.’ Those people, that solid base, are not going anywhere."
"I also found there wasn’t a whole lot of enthusiasm for Joe Biden," she added. "There’s a lot of enthusiasm among Democratic voters and some independents to get Donald Trump out, but not necessarily that enthusiasm."
Trump currently polls better on voter enthusiasm, with 59 percent of his voters in a survey earlier this month saying they are enthusiastic for their candidate to win while only 43 percent of Biden voters say the same about theirs.
At this time four years ago, the same Fox News poll showed that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE led Trump on enthusiasm metrics, 44 percent to 35 percent.