How Joe Biden and Donald Trump compare on handling crime

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
September 04, 2020, 7:24 PM UTC

If the 2020 election is about law and order, neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump evokes overwhelming confidence in their ability to deal with crime. The two men are virtually tied (39% vs. 37%) on the level of confidence voters have in them to deal with crime.  

More (53%) Americans say they are uneasy about Trump’s ability to deal with crime, for a net 16 uneasiness. In contrast, 43 percent of Americans say they are uneasy about Biden’s ability to deal with crime, compared to 39 percent who say they are confident for a net 4 on uneasiness.  

The Economist/YouGov Poll also finds Americans are more likely to say they feel uneasy about President Trump’s ability to deal wisely with crime in the United States (53%), than of Joe Biden ability to do so (43%). A fifth (18%) of Americans haven’t made up their mind about Biden’s ability to handle crime, compared to 9 percent of Americans who aren’t sure about Trump’s ability to do so. 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll  

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens interviewed online between August 30 - September 1, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.5% for the overall sample. 

Image: Getty