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the nick­name “Penn­syl­va­nia’s third se­na­tor” dur­ing his decades rep­re­sent­ing Delaware in the Se­nate.

Trump nar­rowly won Penn­syl­va­nia in 2016, an up­set vic­tory over Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton. His abil­ity to flip that state is widely cred­ited with se­cur­ing his Elec­toral Col­lege suc­cess.

Voter pref­er­ences

Bi­den holds a clear ad­van­tage over Trump on his abil­ity to han­dle the coronaviru­s pan­demic, his abil­ity to man­age is­sues re­lated to race and his un­der­stand­ing of the con­cerns fac­ing or­di­nary Amer­i­cans.

And he is notably fa­vored when it comes to the at­tributes that vot­ers are look­ing for in a pres­i­dent, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to char­ac­ter and hon­esty.

But Trump con­tin­ues to

have an edge when it comes to eco­nomic mat­ters.

Madonna said par­ti­san­ship and ide­ol­ogy are pri­mary driv­ers of pres­i­den­tial pref­er­ence, with Bi­den hold­ing slightly larger por­tions of Democrats than Trump holds among Repub­li­cans.

He added that dif­fer­ences in pref­er­ence are also as­so­ci­ated with ge­og­ra­phy, with coun­ties that have large ur­ban cen­ters fa­vor­ing Bi­den and more ru­ral coun­ties back­ing Trump.

Strong in­ter­est

Al­most three of four reg­is­tered vot­ers — 71 per­cent — said they were very in­ter­ested in the elec­tion, a sim­i­lar level of in­ter­est as seen in a poll at this time four years ago.

Madonna said voter in­ter­est is re­lated to po­lit­i­cal party and ide­ol­ogy. At the moment, sim­i­lar pro­por­tions of Democrats and Repub­li­cans say they are very in­ter­ested.

And most of those vot­ers say they will be head­ing to the polls to cast their

bal­lots in Novem­ber rather than choos­ing to vote by mail.

About 60 per­cent say they in­tend to cast their bal­lot in per­son, com­pared with just 34 per­cent who plan to vote by mail. Democrats are more likely to vote by mail than vote in per­son while more Repub­li­cans ex­pect to vote in per­son vote rather than by mail.

The sur­vey shows that most (59 per­cent) of the state’s reg­is­tered vot­ers

are con­fi­dent that the count will be ac­cu­rate if vot­ing by mail is widely used but only one in three Repub­li­cans are con­fi­dent those counts will be ac­cu­rate com­pared to most Democrats (83 per­cent) and in­de­pen­dents (51 per­cent).

The sur­vey was con­ducted be­tween Sept. 14 and Sun­day. The mar­gin of er­ror is 6.5 per­cent­age points for reg­is­tered vot­ers. The Read­ing Ea­gle is a me­dia part­ner of the poll.

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