By Monica Showalter
After a week of gaffes, it’s happened. Joe Biden is dropping in the polls. According to Newsweek:
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump has fallen by three points over the last week, according to new polling data.
The latest survey by Reuters and Ipsos found that Biden led Trump by six points among registered voters, with 45 percent backing the challenger and 39 percent favoring the incumbent.
The former vice president also had a four-point lead among Independent voters. A third of the group (33 percent) said they would back Biden, while 29 percent said the same of Trump.
Which is the start of some kind of trend given the size of the drop. For months, Biden has inexplicably out-polled President Trump and it was strange stuff, given that even the better pollsters, such as IBD/TIPP were seeing this.
What it sound like now is voters are paying attention. They’re starting get a good look at this pig-in-a poke and they’re not liking what they see. Three points in a week from a 48% base represents a 16% drop. That’s about the same as the difference between a C- and a D+ on a 4.0 school grading system. That signals a shift, given that the poll numbers have been largely steady until now.
What fostered the drop? Three things stand out: