WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden would defeat President Donald Trump by four percentage points in a hypothetical match-up, a poll released Friday predicted.
The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 48% of the respondents said they support Biden and 44% said they support Trump. Meanwhile, 7% said they are not sure which candidate they support.
The survey included 4,500 likely voters and was carried out June 23-27 and June 30-July 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. A Rasmussen Reports survey released at the end of March predicted that Biden would defeat Trump 49% to 44%.
The polls come as Biden is struggling to maintain his status as the Democratic frontrunner. Though he leads the other 23 candidates by a comfortable margin in most surveys, his numbers have taken a hit since last week’s debate when he sparred with Sen. Kamala Harris of California over the issue of race.
Harris criticized Biden for having said that he was able to work with segregationist lawmakers during his more than three decades in the Senate. She also criticized Biden for having opposed busing in the 1970’s.
In a CNN interview scheduled to air tonight, Biden told Chris Cuomo that although he expected the other candidates to attack him he was not prepared for Harris’ onslaught.