Trump and Biden virtually tied in Florida and Texas

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
September 20, 2020, 1:49 PM GMT+0

The trial heat between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump has tightened in Florida and Texas, according to the latest CBS News/YouGov Poll,

According to the data, 48 percent of likely voters in the state of Florida choose Biden in the trial heat against Trump, while 46 percent say their choice for president is Donald Trump.

The 2020 presidential race is also tight in the state of Texas with 46 percent of likely voters stating Biden is their pick for president, compared to half (48%) of likely voters selecting Trump.

When it comes to the economy, half (49%) of likely voters in Florida say President Trump would do a better job handling the economy, compared to 44 percent who say Biden would do a better job. In Texas, likely voters are more likely to say Trump would do a better job with the economy than Joe Biden (50% vs. 42%). Likely voters in Texas are also more likely to say the Trump administration would help their family’s financial situation (44%) -- while 34 percent say their family’s financial situation would be helped under a Biden administration.

While President Trump is leading in terms of the economy, Biden has an edge when it comes to health care. Half (54%) of likely voters in Florida say a Biden administration would help in terms of getting affordable health care. In contrast, 33 percent of Florida voters say the Trump administration would help them obtain affordable health care.

COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in the country, but voters in Florida and Texas are more likely to say efforts to contain the outbreak in their state are going well, compared to July polling.

Among seniors, Trump leads with 53 percent of Florida likely voters naming him as their pick, compared to 44 percent who pick Biden in the 2020 trial heat. For likely Floridian voters over the age of 65, concerns about COVID-19 is related to their vote. Two in five (43%) Florida voters over 65 say Biden would make seniors feel safer, compared to 37 percent who say Trump has made seniors safer.

Florida seniors are also more likely to say Donald Trump would better handle the economy (55%) than Biden (39%) -- while half (50%) say he would better handle social security and Medicare. Two in five (44%) seniors in Florida say Biden would handle social security and Medicare better than Trump.

Among Florida’s Hispanic voters, 56 percent say they pick Biden in the trial heat against Trump, while 36 percent say their choice is with Trump. Hispanic voters in Florida are less likely to say they will definitely vote in the 2020 presidential election, compared to white voters (81% vs. 90%).

In Texas, three in five (61%) Hispanic voters say they pick Biden, compared to 30 percent who choose Trump in the trial heat.

In contrast, white voters in Florida are more likely to select Trump (59%) over Biden (37%).

See the Florida and Texas toplines from this week’s CBS News/YouGov Poll

Methodology: These surveys were conducted on behalf of CBS News by YouGov between September 15-18, 2020. They are based on representative samples of 1,220 registered voters in Florida and 1,161 in Texas. Margins of error among registered voters are +/- 3.7 points in Florida and +/- 3.5 points in Texas.

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