Polling experts detail why Trump could still win
If former Vice President Joe Biden carries every state that fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and flips at least three Rust Belt states that President Donald Trump won (Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin), he would have enough electoral votes to be elected president of the United States in November. Trump's campaign is well aware of what, which is why he has been campaigning so aggressively in the Rust Belt. In an article for RealClearPolitics, Sean Trende examines some of the things it would take for Trump to pull off the type of Rust Belt victories he did four years ago.
Examining RealClearPolitics' polling data, Trende notes, "It is much more straightforward to make the case for a Joe Biden win. He’s up seven percentage points in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, and leads in the key swing states. This lead has been durable and stable over the course of the race. The president has presided over an economic collapse and a pandemic that will have killed more than 200,000 Americans by the end of this month. But what if Trump does pull out the win again?"
Trende goes on to lay out "the best case to be made now for how Trump is reelected," and it includes the following: (1) Trump's "job approval solidifies," (2) the "economy continues to improve," and (3) Biden’s "problems with the (Democratic) base are real."
"The spate of recent stories suggesting that Biden is having difficulty generating Hispanic and, to a lesser extent, Black support is at least worth taking note of," Trende days. "I don’t read too much into it right now; these stories are hit-and-miss in their accuracy. But if Biden loses, this will likely be a large part of it."
He also noted that while Trump is unpopular, he's not quite as unpopular the most recent incumbent presidents were when they lost re-election.
"This is, frankly, a much better position for Trump to be in than the two most recent presidents who lost their reelection bids," he wrote. "President George H.W. Bush’s job approval was consistently in the mid-to-high 30s post-Labor Day, while Jimmy Carter’s job approval was in the low 30s. Trump’s job approval isn’t good, but it is closer to that of recent presidents who have won than to recent presidents who have lost."
In a Twitter thread posted on Friday, polling expert Nate Silver discussed the possibility that polls showing Biden leading Trump in swing states are off:
So let's say by the time we get to Election Day, there's a 40% chance that polls are off by 3 or more points. It's… https://t.co/L08ZUAkxMU— Nate Silver (@Nate Silver) 1600453975
Here are some of Silver's other observations:
Biden could probably also survive a 3-point error, depending on where it's distributed. If it came in the *exact* s… https://t.co/3n6ARIl5WD— Nate Silver (@Nate Silver) 1600454261
But for the time being, most of Trump's not-inconsiderable hopes of winning re-election stem from tightening the ra… https://t.co/j0YguuRvGo— Nate Silver (@Nate Silver) 1600454416
Anyway, I'm fine with almost every Trump Still Has A Chance take. (Because... he *does*). That was basically the he… https://t.co/kNr0XmpEF3— Nate Silver (@Nate Silver) 1600455480