Biden holds 11-point lead over Trump: national poll

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden takes selfie with supporters during a rally in Philadelphia

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden takes selfie with supporters during a rally in Philadelphia

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden cut spending on their presidential campaigns in April, according to campaign finance disclosures filed on Wednesday.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows that Biden's edge over Trump has jumped to 11 points.

Biden's spending fell to $12.9 million in April, still comfortably higher than Trump's outlays during the month, but well below the $32.5 million spent in March as he competed with rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in nomination contests.

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39% of voters polled say they would keep Trump in office.

87% of Republican voters say they would vote for Trump.

On Wednesday, Trump threatened to withhold unspecified federal funds from MI if the state goes ahead with a plan to mail every registered voter an absentee ballot application, allowing every eligible voter to cast a ballot without the physical risks associated with in-person voting during a public health crisis.

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Both Trump and Biden are stepping up their fundraising despite the pandemic, which has hammered the United States economy and disrupted election campaigns. In April, Trump led Biden on this question 49 - 44%. The approval rating on his coronavirus response efforts slipped five points from last month.

In each of the six states more voters disapproved of Mr Trump's handling of the pandemic than approved, but sometimes only by slim margins such as a few percentage points. Biden has a 28-point lead over Trump with women voters, including an 11-point lead among white women voters.

The survey, which was conducted May 18-19, comes as Trump fights with MI and its Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, over both the response to the coronavirus and the plans the state has to ensure voter access during the pandemic.

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Mr Biden was found to lead by two percentage points in Florida and North Carolina, four points in Arizona, eight points in MI, nine points in Pennsylvania and 10 points in Wisconsin.

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