Poll: Biden losing to Trump in 5 of 6 key swing states Biden won in 2020.
Biden, Netanyahu discuss “tactical pauses” as Gaza death toll passes 10,000.
Poll: Biden losing to Trump in 5 of 6 key swing states Biden won in 2020
A poll released over the weekend shows Trump ahead of Biden in 5 of 6 key swing states that Biden won in the 2020 election.
- Arizona – Trump 49%; Biden 44%
- Georgia – Trump 49%; Biden 43%
- Michigan – Trump 48%; Biden 43%
- Nevada – Trump 52%; Biden 41%
- Pennsylvania – Trump 48%; Biden 44%
Wisconsin was the only swing state polled where Biden maintained a narrow lead (47%) over Trump (45%). Respondents said the two key reasons for rejecting Biden were his age and his handling of the economy. Additional findings from the poll showed that if Trump were convicted in any of the current criminal prosecutions against him (the federal Mar-a-Lago documents and 2020 elections cases and the state election case in Georgia), this might make enough of a difference in these states for Biden to win the election.
According to another poll, both Trump and Biden have low overall favorability (Biden 33% to Trump 29%). Last week, hearings got underway in Colorado and Minnesota to determine whether Trump is ineligible to be on ballots in those states due to his role in the attempt to undermine the certification of the 2020 election. Watchdog groups in several other states are pursuing similar proceedings to disqualify Trump.
Biden, Netanyahu discuss “tactical pauses” as Gaza death toll passes 10,000
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the death toll in Gaza since IDF began bombing nearly a month ago has now officially passed 10,000. Over 4,000 of these were children. About 2,300 more are classified as “missing” with most buried under rubble. There have been over 25,000 injuries as one-by-one, hospitals have ceased operating due to insufficient supplies, including medicine, anesthetic and fuel to power generators.
Over the weekend, cities all over the the globe saw mass demonstrations calling for an immediate ceasefire. Tens of thousands marched in Washington, D.C., alone. Today, hundreds of people, including 500 members of Jewish Voices for Peace, took part in a sit-in at the Statue of Liberty.
All of this is creating political pressure on President Biden to moderate his previously unwavering support for Israel’s strategy in Gaza. Recently, Biden called for a sustained “humanitarian pause” in the fighting to enable more civilians, especially foreign nationals, to leave Gaza as well as to allow aid trucks to get in.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected both calls for a ceasefire and a humanitarian pause. However, today Biden and Netanyahu discussed smaller “tactical pauses”. In a conference with international press at least, Netanyahu seemed somewhat more amenable to this idea.