US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen has expressed his concern about recent polls in 6 swing states showing support for Donald Trump as incumbent President Joe Biden only leads in one. He shared this information during a conference of manufacturers and exporters in Ottawa, Canada. Cohen said, “For people in Canada or the United States who are concerned or troubled by a prospective second term for Donald Trump, those polling results are sobering and scary”. He advised that this situation means that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done and that no one should panic. Cohen further said, “I am certainly not looking at the current state of play and saying, ‘Oh, my God, it’s all over. There’s no way Joe Biden can get re-elected’… Anyone who has that attitude is probably making a big mistake”. His comments represent an unusual swerve into domestic US politics by a sitting ambassador and a striking admission of Biden’s vulnerability by one of his most loyal political allies, according to Politico.
The recent surveys conducted by The New York Times and Siena College published on Sunday showed an 11-point lead for Trump in Nevada and smaller margins in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The only state favoring Biden was Wisconsin, and that also with just a two-point margin. The 3,662 polled voters were mostly concerned about Biden’s age, who turns 81 later this month, which will make him the oldest president in American history. Many expressed dissatisfaction over his handling of the economy. Voters, by a 59% to 37% percent margin, said they trusted Trump more than Biden when it comes to the economy – the largest gap of any issue. The survey also indicated that Trump is politically surviving the 91 felony charges he is currently facing.
The Biden campaign has spent much of the past few days trying not to avoid “fretting” – as they said in a statement – about the latest wave of grim polling on the 2024 election, which showed that former President and current candidate Donald Trump is leading Biden significantly in five of the six most important battleground states. The campaign is going to have to address the concerns and opinions of the voters to have a chance to overcome the advantage that Trump apparently has.
Given that nearly twice as many voters said economic issues would determine their 2024 vote compared to social issues, such as abortion or gun laws, and those economic voters favored Trump by a landslide 60 percent to 32 percent, the Biden campaign will need to focus on convincing voters that the economy is their number one priority and that Biden can handle it better than Trump.
The Biden campaign has criticized the polls, saying that there is still a lot of time before the election and that Biden is committed to bringing positive change to the country, resonating with voters’ needs. There is still no doubt that the race for the presidency will continue to heat up as Biden’s vulnerabilities become more apparent. The effort to secure a second term is facing a tough obstacle. The Biden administration remains committed to its core values and its effort to connect with the American people, but the recent polls emphasize the challenge they face.