Many Americans are weary of polling data, but here's what can be trusted from the latest numbers
A Real Clear Politics average of polls from Oct. 12-25 has Joe Biden with 7.9% lead over President Donald Trump. Eight days out from the election in 2016, the average of polls showed Hillary Clinton with a 2.9% lead. That was pretty close to her popular vote win, but as pollster Patrick Murray said: "Polls don't poll the Electoral College, we poll populations. In 2016, Trump spent almost $4 million in polling services and Clinton spent more than $10 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. So far this campaign season, Trump has spent over $7 million, far more than the $1.5 million Biden has spent on polling.cnbc.com
Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest
“President Trump still does not seem to be taking the pandemic seriously enough. Today, Winnebago is among the top 10 counties where new Wisconsin COVID cases are being reported, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and compiled by The Associated Press. Iowans’ view of Trump’s handling of the pandemic is also more negative than positive, according to The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll and Monmouth University polls. “ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. !”During his debate with Biden last week, Trump insisted of the virus, despite the spike in cases: “It will go away.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are America's favorite Halloween candy
A new Monmouth University poll surveyed the top eight selling candies for Halloween and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups came out on top. LONG BRANCH, N.J. - A new Monmouth University poll surveyed the top eight selling candies for Halloween and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups came out on top. The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,161 adults age 18 and older about their Halloween favorites. And then there's candy corn, that Halloween staple. And candy corn make great fake teeth to creep out your parents with," he said.
Democratic debates didn't do much to clarify candidates' plans for health care 2020's most important issue
Those who back a public health insurance option the most popular solution among Democratic voters have less clarity about who shares their views. Supporters of a single-payer "Medicare for All" system have a clear idea of who shares their vision for health care. Still, a new poll suggests that despite the spotlight on health care, voters are struggling to understand the differences between candidates' plans. Democrats argued about their health care plans for more than an hour during both nights of last week's presidential primary debates. An array of state and national polls have found that voters see health care as the most important issue in the 2020 election.cnbc.com