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Fox News Poll: Voters Trust Biden on Virus, Trump on Economy

President Donald Trump sits at his inaugural, along with former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden
President Donald Trump sits at his inaugural, along with former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden with his head down. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2020 07:40 PM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden is more trusted by voters with handling the coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump has voters' confidence when it comes to the economy, a new poll showed.

In the Fox News survey released Thursday, voters trusted Biden to do a better job than Trump on healthcare by 17 points, coronavirus by 9 points, and relations with China by 6 points. 

Trump is trusted more on the economy by 3 points, the survey found.

"That might be the election in a nutshell," Democrat Chris Anderson, who conducts the poll with Republican Daron Shaw, told Fox News. "Trump has a slight advantage in a narrow debate about economic recovery, but a debate about coronavirus or public health more broadly benefits Biden."

According to the survey, 80% of voters are concerned about coronavirus spreading and 78% feel the economy is in bad shape.

Fox News reported in January, voters rated economic conditions positively by an 11-point margin: 55% said it was excellent or good, while 44% said it was fair or poor. 

The current poll showed voters rated the economy negatively by 58 points: 20% said it was excellent or good while 78% called it fair or poor.

In other findings, the poll showed:

  • 67% of Democrats and 40% of Republicans feel the economic situation is the worst crisis since the Depression.
  • 50% of Republicans expect the economy to improve in the next six months; 19% of Democrats said the same.
  • 32% overall think the economy will improve within six months; 23% say it will be 7-12 months; 24% say 1-2 years; and 14% think longer than that.
  • In the 2020 ballot test, Biden leads Trump by 48% to 40%; 11% are undecided or plan to vote for someone else.
  • Trump's personal favorable rating is 43%; 55% have an unfavorable opinion. Biden garnered 48% favorable, and 46% unfavorable.

The telephone poll of 1,207 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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President Donald Trump has voters' confidence when it comes to the economy, but former Vice President Joe Biden is more trusted by voters with handling the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Fox News poll.
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