COVID 19 seems to be the crucial issue in the 2020 presidential election. But the other issue that’s dominated the news in
recent months — the combination of police violence, racial injustice,
peaceful protests and rising crime in many cities — is gaining traction and is more politically
complicated, reported the New York Times. It has the potential to hurt both Trump and Biden, in different
ways. And so far, Biden has not managed to send voters a persuasive message
that protects his vulnerabilities.
Perhaps the most surprising finding from the poll was this: In the four swing states —
Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire and Wisconsin — a larger share of voters
said “addressing law and order” was a more important campaign issue to them
than said “addressing the coronavirus pandemic” was.
On first glance, these law-and-order concerns may
still seem to help Biden. More voters trust him to do a better job on several
related issues — including violent crime, unifying the country and handling
the protests — than trust Trump. But it’s not quite that simple.
Remember: Most Americans have already made up
their minds about the election. Their answers to poll questions about which
candidate they trust on specific issues are almost meaningless at this point.
The bigger issue is how undecided and uncommitted voters feel.
Biden’s problem is that, on the broad issues of
crime and policing, he appears to have a larger group of soft supporters —
people who could flip — than Trump does. As Nate Cohn, a Times reporter who
helped oversee the poll, told me, “There is definitely some Biden support
with worry about crime.” Those worries span Black, Latino and white voters.
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