Joe Biden still leads Trump by TEN POINTS as ex-VP prepares to finally announce his running mate

PRESUMPTIVE Democratic nominee Joe Biden has a 10 point lead over President Donald Trump in a poll released Tuesday, ahead of the announcement of his running mate.  

Biden boasted the support of 51 percent of registered voters, versus Trump's 41 percent, according to a Monmouth University Poll.

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The former veep's 10 point lead is slightly narrower than in early June when he received 52 percent support versus Trump's 41. 

Trump had 41 percent support in a May poll while Biden had 50 percent.

Trump’s numbers were higher earlier this year, at 44 percent support compared to Biden at 48 percent in April, and 45 percent versus Biden at 48 percent in March.

The president maintaining 41 percent in the three most recent months of the survey shows he “has stopped his slide in the poll, but Biden maintains a lead among all registered voters nationally,” Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray stated in a press release.

Biden also fared better than Trump with voters and their certainty, with 39 percent said they are certain about supporting Biden while 35 percent said the same about Trump.

The “firm support gap” was similar in late June, when 40 percent were certain about backing Biden while 35 percent felt that way about Trump.

Meanwhile, 50 percent of registered voters said they are not likely at all to support Trump, which is unchanged from late June.

Biden slipped in that category, with 40 percent saying they are not at all likely to support him, versus 39 percent in late June. 

The former vice president is expected to announce his pick for vice president on Tuesday. 

Senator Kamala Harris of California is the frontrunner in the race, sources close to Biden told The Hill on Tuesday.

"I think in a lot of ways she could help him the way he helped Obama," an anonymous source said for Biden.

Harris was named as a speaker for the Democratic National Convention next week in a list the party released on Tuesday.

Regarding which candidate is better equipped to guide the country through the coronavirus pandemic, 45 percent had confidence in Trump, with 30 percent saying they were very confident and 15 percent saying they were somewhat confident. 

Biden had 48 percent confidence from Americans in his ability to navigate through the pandemic, but only 16 percent were very confident and 32 percent were somewhat confident. 

That breakdown was similar for other issue questions throughout the presidential race, according to Murray.

“Voters tend to have strongly held views of Trump, both positive and negative,” Murray stated. 

“Biden does slightly better in the net ratings overall. It’s just that voters don’t have as firm a sense of the challenger.”

The poll was conducted from August 6 to 10 with 886 adults in the US and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. 

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