Joe Biden has expanded his lead over President Trump to 12 points in the latest Fox News poll, and Trump is fuming at what’s normally his favorite network.
The survey found ex-Vice President Biden at 50%, with Trump well back at 38%. The gap in Fox’s May poll was 48-40%.
Trump lashed out in his Friday morning tweets, writing “Fox News is out with another of their phony polls, done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016. Watch what happens in November. Fox is terrible.”
.@FoxNews is out with another of their phony polls, done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016. Watch what happens in November. Fox is terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
Earlier this month, Trump threatened to sue CNN over a poll that showed him trailing by 14 points.
The primetime lineup of Fox pundits give Trump near-unstinting praise. In turn, he gives them access, notably longtime Trump booster Sen Hannity. A parade of Trump subordinates appear on the network at all times of day.
But events have lately overtaken the 45th president, as shown in the poll. Fox uses a Republican and a Democratic pollster to conduct its surveys. Despite ceaseless “LAW AND ORDER” tweets by Trump, the poll found 61% disapprove of Trump’s handling of race relations; just 32% approve.
Fewer than 20% of those polled have participated in protests following the murder of George Floyd. Yet, 57% of those polled approve of the protests, with 35% disapproving. Fifty-three percent of those polled believe that Biden respects racial minorities, compared to just 35% for Trump.
By a surprising 54-41% margin, a majority think police brutality against African-Americans is a widespread problem rather than isolated incidents of a few “bad apples” in police ranks. Whites are evenly split, while 87% of African-Americans believe the problem is widespread.
The poll did reveal an enthusiasm gap.
The Trump base is solid. Sixty-two percent of the President’s supporters say they are motivated by enthusiasm for the candidate, just 31% by fear that Biden will win. With Biden, the figures are reversed, with 63% of Biden voters motivated by fear that Trump will win a second term.
The divisions of American can be seen in the poll. Biden is the overwhelming choice of African-Americans, voters under the age of 30, women, suburban voters and — a switch from 2016 — voters over the age of 65. The Trump base, shrunk a bit from 2016, consists of white evangelical Christians and rural voters.
Biden is better liked in the Fox News poll, regardless of what Fox hosts say about him. Fifty-three percent have a favorable opinion of him, while 44% disapprove. Trump is seen favorably by 43%, unfavorably by 56%. Forty-four percent approve of the job Trump is doing, while 55% disapprove.
Of the protests that have followed the pandemic, Democratic pollster Chris Anderson said, “It’s hard to believe that an issue has emerged more challenging for Trump to navigate during his reelection campaign than a pandemic, but that happened with the racial reckoning prompted by George Floyd’s murder.”
The Fox News findings track with other recent national polls.
A CNBC survey, out Wednesday, gave Biden a 51-41% lead. A Quinnipiac University poll on Thursday put Biden up 49-41%.
The Fox News survey was conducted June 13-16 by Shaw & Co. (Republican pollster) and Beacon Research (Democratic). It interviewed 1,343 voters on both land lines and cell phones. Its margin of error is plus/minus 2.5%.