President Trump is at one of the weakest points of his presidency with Election Day just four months away.
A barrage of problems has sapped the president’s popularity and sharply steepened his climb toward reelection.
Trump now lags presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by almost 10 points in the RealClearPolitics national polling average.
The coronavirus and the economic damage it has wreaked are colossal political liabilities — and several polls have shown Trump’s response resonating badly with voters.
A president who thought he would be able to run on a strong economy has had that card torn up.
Trump’s often-angry rhetoric in relation to protests against racial injustice — pledging a draconian response to protesters he has characterized as extremists or subversives — has also seemed out of step with a changing nation.
The dim view of Trump’s position extends beyond the ranks of Democrats and other ideological foes. Among people in his orbit, there is talk of panic as the president’s polling position worsens. Even the betting markets give Biden roughly twice as strong a chance of winning in November.
A series of new polls from CNBC on Wednesday showed Trump trailing by no fewer than 5 points in six battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The CNBC surveys found Trump down 7 points in North Carolina, which he won by almost 4 points in 2016 and which has only backed a Democrat for president twice in the past half-century — Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Barack Obama in 2008.