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Biden 9-point favorite over Trump for president: Marquette Poll

Milwaukee (WQOW) – If the presidential election was today, Joe Biden would win Wisconsin, according to the latest Marquette Poll released on Wednesday.

The poll shows the former vice president up 51%-42% over President Donald Trump.

Biden is not the only Democratic candidate who would beat Trump according to the poll. It also shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with a 48%-44% advantage over the president.

Both Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris are dead-even in a head-to-head matchup with President Trump.

Among Democrats and independents, Biden received the most support for the April 2020 presidential primary. Biden is the first choice of 28% followed by Sanders at 20%, Warren at 17% and Pete Buttigieg at 6%. Harris received 3%, while all other candidates receive 2% or less.

Despite unfavorable numbers in the Badger State for Republicans, voters say they are happy with the economy’s gains in the past year. In the poll, 37% say the economy has improved while 25% say it has worsened.

In the poll, 45% approve of the job Trump is doing as president, with 53% disapproving. That is similar to April when 46% approved and 52% disapproved.

Gun legislation is once again a hot topic after shootings in El Paso, Dayton, Odessa and Midland. This particular poll was taken after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton but before the shootings in Odessa and Midland.

In the poll, 80% of people support background checks for purchasing firearms. That is actually the lowest level of support in the poll since May of 2013 when just 71% supported background checks. Polls taken in 2018 and 2016 showed 81 and 85% support respectively for background checks.

When it comes to state politics, Governor Evers’ job approval sits at 54%. Thirty-four percent say they disapprove and 10% say they do not have an opinion of Evers’ job performance. Those numbers are better for Evers than they were in April when 47% approved and 37% disapproved.

Pairing along with that, 55% of those polled say Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, while 37% disagree.

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The Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history. This poll interviewed 800 registered Wisconsin voters by landline or cell phone, Aug. 25-29, 2019. The margin of error is +/-3.9 percentage points for the full sample.

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