Voters who consider themselves "in play" for the 2020 presidential election give President Donald Trump a 10-point edge in those that hold a "positive" view of the president vs. those who have a "positive" view of Joe Biden, according to The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
"These voters as a group have characteristics that suggest they are open to Mr. Trump and his party," the Journal reported Sunday. "Some 22% have a positive image of Mr. Trump, while only 11% have a positive image of Mr. Biden, the July poll found.
"They prefer a candidate who will confront the Washington establishment, a hallmark of Mr. Trump's pitch to voters, over one who makes an appeal based on competence and compassion, key themes during the Democratic convention. In addition, these voters want Republicans to lead the next Congress rather than Democrats, 42% to 25%."
Meanwhile, Hispanics are the largest minority voting bloc in the U.S., and President Trump has gained ground with that demographic in the poll, as 31% say they will vote for Trump vs. the 28% that voted for him in 2016, according to the Journal.
"Hispanic voters aren't a unified bloc, and their partisan profile varies by state," the Journal wrote. "But Mr. Trump could make gains in Florida, Arizona and several other battleground states if he cuts into Democratic margins among Hispanic voters."
In terms of the handling of the economy, often a No. 1 issue for voters in past presidential elections, Trump (48%) holds a 10-point lead on Biden (38%), per the poll.
"Mr. Trump is still favored on the economy, and that's the top issue people are using to decide their vote," Republican pollster Micah Roberts told the Journal.
Also, Trump holds a strong lead among white voters, per the poll.
"Trump improved his image among whites by about 20 points in the last four years," Roberts told the Journal. "That's very important because they are more than 70% of the electorate."
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll report did not report its methodology on who was polled, the dates, or the margin of error.
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