Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has expanded his lead over President Donald Trump in the presidential election as more Americans see COVID-19 as a threat, a new national poll found.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted August 3 through 11 found that Biden is leading Trump 53 percent to 42 percent. Biden now leads by double digits, an increase from June’s poll that had put him at an 8-point advantage over Trump.
The number of Americans who believe the coronavirus is a real threat has significantly risen over the past few months, the survey found. A total of 71 percent of respondents said they feared the virus—a statistic which comes as Trump continues to downplay its severity.
During an appearance Thursday on the Fox Business Network, Trump said that “nobody blames me” for the pandemic, which has caused over 166,000 deaths in the U.S. While touting America’s “tremendous” stock market, Trump insisted the virus would go away soon.