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43% to 37%
The latest Military Times poll shows a continued decline in active-duty service members’ views of President Trump and a slight but significant preference for former Joe Biden in the upcoming November election among troops surveyed. Biden leads Trump, 43% to 37%.
As a backdrop to the just-ended Republican convention, Gallup routinely asks an open-ended question about what’s the most important problem facing the country today. In August, 35% said something about the coronavirus pandemic, 12% named the economy, and 10% said race relations. Only 4% thought crime was most important.
Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Republican convention had 10.5 million viewers across the major broadcast networks and three big cable news networks, Nielsen reports. That represents a significant drop compared to when vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris drew 16.2 million viewers for her speech.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is poised to endorse nearly two dozen freshmen House Democrats for reelection, triggering a revolt within the right-leaning organization and drawing fierce pushback from the group’s powerful GOP donors,” Politico reports. “The decision represents a sharp departure for the traditionally conservative Chamber, which has spent over $100 million backing Republican candidates over the past decade, and it threatens to further complicate the party’s prospects in the November election while driving a split in the business community.”
Harry Enten: “We got about about maybe 15% of voters watching this stuff. Most of whom are hardcore partisans in one of the most stable races ever. And little sign the horserace significantly moved after the DNC. This idea that any of the DNC/RNC activities will move voters is untested.”
48% to 44%
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Florida finds Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race, 48% to 44%.
Donald Trump continued to shift money from his donors to his business last month, as his reelection campaign paid his private companies for rent, food, lodging and other expenses, according to a review of the latest Federal Election Commission filings. The richest president in American history, who has yet to donate to his 2020 campaign, has now moved $2.3 million of contributions from other people into his private companies, according to Forbes.
70% to 18%
A new Knight Foundation poll finds Joe Biden leads Donald Trump among college students by a stunning 52 percentage points, 70% to 18%. Despite Biden’s wide lead, just 49% of college students said they have a favorable impression of Biden, with 51% saying they had an unfavorable impression.
A California court ordered President Trump to pay $44,100 to Stormy Daniels to cover her legal fees regarding her nondisclosure agreement, The Hill reports.
A new Morning Consult poll finds in a post-convention poll, Joe Biden leads President Trump by 9 points among likely voters, 52% to 43%, compared with an 8-point margin earlier in the week. However, 51% of likely voters said they had a favorable view of Biden on Friday, a single-day record in the tracking poll.