Trump Continues to Struggle With Keeping Senior Vote

As the presidential race approaches closer everyday, new polls are finding President Trump falling further behind Joe Biden almost around the board. 

We have seen how the pandemic has shaped the presidential election as Americans have generally disapproved of Trump’s response to COVID-19, as he leaves older adults socially isolated in their homes fearful of being forgotten. 

We have seen Trump then try to hold onto the support of older voters by promising Medicare expansion, as he did in 2016, and neglected to do. On top of the discouraging exposure of the Trump Administration’s actual attempt to defund healthcare programs, since in office. 

And most recently, we have seen the issues regarding voter registration, and the trouble Americans are facing to place their vote in lines lasting 8 hours. More controversy continues to pour in surrounding the election. 

Latest CNN poll

A new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds Trump’s approval rating down seven points in the month of May as the President continues to fall further behind Biden. This is according to the random national sample of 1,259 adults who took CNN’s poll in June. The poll collected answers for three days and reached participants on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer and included 1,125 registered voters.

The survey discovered several concerning statistics for the Trump Administration. So concerning, in fact, that President Trump is demanding that CNN retract the poll entirely

The people disapprove 

Currently only 38 percent approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, while 57 percent disapprove. This is Trump’s worst approval rating since January 2019, and roughly on par with approval ratings for Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at this point in their reelection years, which both lost. 

Two-thirds of Americans consider racism a current systemic issue, up from 49 percent who said so in a 2015 CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation survey, before Trump was president.

Among registered voters, Trump stands 14 points behind Biden. The 41 percent who back the President is the lowest in CNN’s tracking on this question back to April 2019, and Biden’s approval rate is his highest mark yet, at 55 percent.

The poll finds the public broadly disapproves of Trump’s handling of race relations (63 percent disapprove), and 65 percent say the President’s response to recent protests has done more harm than good.

Older Americans’ Civil Rights Movement déjà vu 

While Trump’s national approval ratings have remained in the low- to mid-40s during the pandemic, his numbers have slipped among older voters who are most susceptible to serious health outcomes from contracting the coronavirus.

Many older Americans have disapproved of Trump’s lack of response to COVID-19, and now they are feeling another blow in receiving the chance to vote, as many are homebound and unable to vote virtually. 

From recollections of older generations collected by AARP and Northeastern University, it is a common theme of déjà vu in the uproar in disapproval of social injustice in the American people as there was in the 60’s. 

You can read the full articles here: AARP’s collection of their clients’ Civil Rights stories and the interview of Margaret Burnham.


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