One CNN reporter was squirming to wrap her head around new polling showing former President Donald Trump up big over President Joe Biden in two critical swing states.
Kasie Hunt, who hosts “Early Start” at the top of CNN’s morning programming, appeared visibly disturbed while reporting a new poll from her own network showing President Trump leading Biden by 10 points in Michigan and by five points in Georgia, two states that the incumbent won in 2020 but which went for Trump in 2016.
“The news is not great for President Biden,” started Hunt as she released results showing Trump leading Biden 49% to 44% in Georgia and 50% to 40% in Michigan.
“Trump’s margin over Biden is significantly boosted in both states by people who say they did not vote in 2020. These less engaged voters favored Trump by 26 points in Georgia and by 40 points in Michigan,” Hunt added.
Further down in the CNN poll, data show only 35% of voters in Michigan approve of Biden’s job performance, with 39% saying the same in Georgia. Majorities in both states said Biden doesn’t have the policies they’re looking for in a president, and 69% of voters in Michigan and 66% in Georgia held negative views of the president’s sharpness and stamina.
The poll surveyed 1,197 registered voters in Michigan and 1,068 registered voters in Georgia from November 30th to December 7th with margins of error of plus or minus 3.4% and 3.3%, respectively.
In 2020, President Trump lost Michigan by 2.8% and Georgia by 0.3%. The latest figures show a remarkable turn in fortune for the Republican frontrunner against a badly wounded President Biden who has struggled to keep his coalition of young, diverse, and union voters together in both states. Protests at the nation’s largest automotive companies provided an opening for President Trump to appeal to blue-collar workers in Michigan, a prospect that had Biden allies “terrified” according to some reports. In Georgia, President Trump faces a criminal trial against an established Democratic district attorney, a prosecution that has rallied diverse voters behind his candidacy.
Polling from October shows Biden trailing Trump in a number of other swing states including Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Adding to his miserable results, Biden is 10 points behind Trump among independent voters in the seven swing states if third-party candidates were included and sits 8 points behind in a head-to-head matchup. The gains by Trump build on polls from earlier this year showing him leading by up to seven points.
Both results paint a stark portrait of the malaise gripping President Biden’s image and administration as they are weighed down by conflicts overseas while he battles a sluggish economy and a spiraling migration crisis back home. As partisan divides between red and blue states cement their expected outcomes on Election Day, a handful of swing states are expected to determine the outcome of a race where both Biden and Trump would carry significant baggage.
“Right now, Biden is not getting any credit for work he’s done on the economy,” said Caroline Bye, a pollster and vice president at Morning Consult. “Almost twice as many voters in the swing states are saying that Bidenomics is bad for the economy, as opposed to good for the economy, which is a really startling fact if you’re the Biden campaign.”