New polling data from Rasmussen shows President Donald Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden in a couple of key states, and those surveys were taken before the final presidential debate that found the Democrat caught in some embarrassing falsehoods, as noted by a fact checking story appearing on both sides of the country Friday.
According to Rasmussen, the president is now leading Biden 49-46 percent among likely Florida voters. Another three percent of the voters like a different candidate and three percent remain undecided with the election only eleven days away.
Rasmussen recalled that in 2016, “Trump earned 49% of the vote in Florida, edging Democrat Hillary Clinton by 1.2 points to carry the state.” The polling firm noted that 89 percent of Florida voters already have decided which candidate they will support, and the president leads 50-48 percent in this subgroup.
Of the 45 percent of voters who have already cast ballots, Biden held a 17-point lead, but Trump has a five-point lead among the 93 percent of Floridians who say they are “definitely going to vote.”
Meanwhile, likely North Carolina voters reportedly give Trump a slight edge, at 48-47 percent with two percent liking a different candidate and three percent still undecided. Four years ago, the president won in North Carolina by nearly four points over Clinton. A whopping 92 percent of voters here have already made up their minds who to support, and among that group, Trump leads Biden 50-48 percent.
However, among Tar Heel state voters who have already voted, Rasmussen said Biden has a 14-point lead over the president.
Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll shows the president with a 51 percent job approval rating, with 48 percent indicating disapproval. His numbers have been bouncing up and down around 48-50 percent lately, so this is not unusual.
While there is no hard evidence, there are millions of new gun owners this year in the U.S. who might be leaning toward Trump because of his challenger’s record on gun control. Biden has already published his gun control agenda, although this has not really been a debate topic. Biden’s plan calls for banning future production of so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, registration of existing models, and other restrictions.
On the other hand, Trump has been filling some 300 federal court vacancies with constitutional conservative judges and Supreme Court justices, so there may be opportunities to advance Second Amendment cases to the high court.
The president’s debate performance was good enough to bring in a reported $26 million in campaign contributions, Fox News is reporting.