Trump losing ground to Biden amid chaotic week


When asked who they would choose "if the presidential elections were held today", voters responded 49 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden versus 42 percent for Trump, with the rest unsure or choosing none.

The slide comes as Trump's former Cabinet officials, retired generals, religious leaders and even members of his own party publicly criticized his photo-op stunt that resulted in peaceful protesters being tear-gassed near St. John's Church after his threat to deploy the military to police protests.

And the poll shows the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee topping the GOP incumbent in the White House by 14 points - 55 to 41 percent. Still, the poll was conducted before the job numbers came out.

Trump bashed the findings in a Monday morning tweet, claiming CNN polls are "fake" and that if a Democrat is elected president, they would 'destroy America'.

Trump was facing tougher political prospects even before the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for nearly nine minutes into Floyd's neck last month.

The positive numbers were unexpected, as most economists had predicted the rate would continue to rise due to a net loss in jobs. The 46-year old black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer put his knee on the handcuffed Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

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He said he generally didn't like "demonizing other people" and instead preferred to talk about policies and solutions to problems. Powell went on to add that "you have to agree" with Mattis' criticism of Trump because "he is insulting us throughout the world".

And voters overwhelmingly back Biden over Trump on race relations.

Colin Powell, who served as US's chief military officer and top diplomat under Republican presidents, on Sunday said that he would vote for Biden.

His signature rallies had been frozen for months and his cash advantage over Mr Biden, while vast, was not growing as quickly as hoped since the pandemic put a halt to high-dollar fundraisers.

Forty-two percent of people questioned in the poll say that race relations are extremely important to their vote in November, slightly higher than the 40 percent who said the economy, 39 percent who said health care, and 31 percent who said the coronavirus outbreak.

As the White House struggles with massive civil unrest over the brutal killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd amid a coronavirus pandemic that has cratered the USA economy, only 38% of Americans polled approve of the way that Trump is handling the presidency while 57% disapprove. Its margin of sampling error for the full sample is plus-or-minus 3.4 percentage points and is 3.6 points among registered voters.

Aides have warned Mr Trump the renewed national interest in racial injustice and the president's major "law and order" push have animated parts of the Democratic base - black and younger voters - whose lagging enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton in 2016 cleared the way for Mr Trump's narrow victory.