Trump gains five points on Biden during pandemic, new poll finds

The two also poll closely on the issue of who is more trusted to handle the coronavirus

Updated: March 29, 2020 - 11:25am

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The gap between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has narrowed since February, with Trump slightly trailing the likely Democratic presidential nominee among registered voters in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The seven-point gap Trump faced in last month's poll has decreased to just two points in the latest poll, with 47 percent of registered voters indicating they favor Trump compared to 49 percent who prefer Biden.

The gap narrowed as Trump gained ground and Biden lost ground since February when the numbers were 45 percent for Trump and 52 percent for Biden.

The move comes as the coronavirus has upended many people's lives, crippling the nation's economy and leaving some workers unemployed. 

More registered voters trust Trump to deal with the economy, while more trust Biden on handling healthcare; Trump leads Biden by 10 percentage points on the economy, while Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points on healthcare.

But the politicians are closer on the issue of trust in handling the coronavirus, with 47 percent of registered voters indicating they trust Trump more compared to 43 percent who report they trust Biden more. 

The poll has a margin of sampling error among registered voters of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, according to the Washington Post

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