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Biden ahead of Trump in Wisconsin, Arizona: surveys

Biden ahead of Trump in Wisconsin, Arizona: surveys
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Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE is ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE in Wisconsin and Arizona, both states won by the president in 2016, according to polls released Sunday.

The two CBS News-YouGov polls determined that the former vice president received 51 percent of the vote in Wisconsin and 50 percent of the vote in Arizona, compared to Trump’s 46 percent and 47 percent, respectively. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be central for voters, particularly among those voting for the former vice president.

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A majority of likely voters in Wisconsin -- 53 percent -- said they trust Biden over Trump to handle the pandemic, compared to 34 percent who trust the president instead. In Arizona, half of the voters trust the former vice president to better handle the pandemic, while 39 percent said Trump would better manage it. 

Overall, Biden appears to be gaining support among senior, male and white, non-college voters who sided with Trump in 2016. 

The Arizona poll shows that Biden is cutting into the president’s lead among those 65 and older in the state, with 46 percent backing Biden and 52 percent supporting Trump. In 2016, exit polls determined that 55 percent of those aged 65 and older sided with Trump, while 42 percent went with former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 MORE.

The CBS News-YouGov polls were conducted between Oct. 13 and 16. They surveyed 1,087 registered voters in Arizona and 1,124 in Wisconsin. The margin of error for likely voters amounted to 4.1 percentage points in Arizona and 3.5 percentage points in Wisconsin.