May 27, 2020

America First Poll Shows Swing-State Voters Favor Trump Over Biden On China, Protecting Businesses

David Boyer | Washington Times

Voters in nine battleground states trust President Trump more than presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden to hold China accountable for the coronavirus crisis, and they overwhelmingly support Republicans’ proposal to shield small businesses from lawsuits related to the pandemic, according to a poll obtained exclusively by The Washington Times.

As the president weighs sanctions against Beijing this week for its crackdown on Hong Kong, the survey for America First Policies found that 57% of voters in those key swing states also favor punishing China for its role in the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 100,000 Americans and battered the U.S. economy. The nonprofit group promotes policies aligned with Mr. Trump’s agenda and is affiliated with the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.

Voters gave Mr. Trump a 17-point advantage over the former vice president, 50% to 33%, on being better able to stand up to China and hold it accountable for spreading the virus. Three-fourths of voters have a negative view of China.

The Trump campaign plans to keep attacking Mr. Biden through Election Day for being soft on China. America First Action is airing ads in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin criticizing the former vice president for outsourcing jobs to China.

“The American public does blame China for this virus, and their trust in China is at an all-time low,” said Kelly Sadler, communications director for America First.

The poll was conducted in states expected to decide the November contest: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The breakdown of respondents was 38% Republicans, 38% Democrats and 24% independents, said pollster Adam Geller.

The president traveled to Florida Wednesday to watch America’s first space launch in nearly a decade, although the launch was scrubbed minutes before liftoff because of bad weather. The Republican National Committee said the revival of the U.S. space program serves as “a stark reminder that if Joe Biden had his way, our country would capitulate to China in space.”

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