Joe Biden extends lead over Donald Trump as 55% Americans back him for presidency: Survey

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 08, 2020, 06.51 PM(IST)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden Photograph:( Reuters )

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According to the latest survey, Biden's support grew to 55 per cent, while only 41 per cent of voters backing Trump 

Amid much criticism on handling coronavirus crisis and ongoing protests in the United States, President Donald Trump witnessed a sharp drop in his approval ratings as support for prospective Democratic candidate Joe Biden rose considerably, according to the latest CNN poll.

According to the latest survey, Biden's support grew to 55 per cent, while only 41 per cent of voters backing Trump. 

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This is a 14 per cent lead for Biden, who in the last poll was ahead by 7 per cent.   

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After the results were out, Trump once again slammed CNN, calling their polls "fake" in a tweet. 

"CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting. Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America," Trump tweeted. 

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He later tweeted that he has 96 per cent approval ratings in the Republic party.

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The poll also found that only 38 per cent of respondents approved the way Trump handled the presidency, while a majority of these participants, 57 per cent, disapproved. 

In May, Trump's approval ratings according to CNN stood at 45 per cent. 

Recently, the US president was slammed by several US celebrities, politicians, including his former defense secretary, who accused Trump of trying to "divide" Americans. 

Colin Powell, who served as US's chief military officer and top diplomat under Republican presidents, on Sunday said that he would vote for Biden. 

Retired military officials remain tight-lipped generally but the breaking point was broken when Trump threatened to use the active-duty military to silence protests in cities across the US.