President Trump is officially the underdog in the 2020 elections.
Before the coronavirus arrived, Trump’s reelection bid looked reasonably solid. Unemployment was extremely low, incomes were rising and the stock market hit one record high after another. Many voters who didn’t like Trump personally could still say they felt better off under him. And as the 77-year-old Joe Biden emerged as the Democratic nominee, Trump faced a gaffe-prone opponent who arguably maked the 74-year-old incumbent seem young by comparison.
Now, however, Trump is in the worst skid of his presidency, with reelection slipping away. Trump’s faltering handling of the coronavirus crisis and the patchy efforts to control it by governors and mayors has pounded Trump’s approval rating and turned swing voters against him. A New York Times poll this week placed Biden ahead of Trump by 14 points nationwide, the widest lead so far for Biden in any major poll.