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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending November 7, 2020

Unlike many other pollsters, Rasmussen Reports consistently showed in the final days of the presidential campaign that it was going to be very close on Election Day. It was.

Our final White House Watch survey on Monday showed Democrat Joe Biden with a one-point lead over President Trump.

Our final battleground state surveys at the beginning of this week showed Trump winning Florida and Ohio (he did) and losing Pennsylvania (that’s still up in the air).

Our final battleground state surveys at the beginning of this week showed Trump winning Ohio (he did), tied in Florida (he won) and losing Pennsylvania (that’s still up in the air).

Trump’s job performance was the most important issue for Biden voters, closely followed by the coronavirus. For Trump voters, the economy came first and then how the president did his job.

Trump voters were much more confident than Biden supporters that the winner of the presidential race would be known on Election Day. Among all voters, Biden is seen as more likely to admit he’s lost than Trump.

Regardless of the winner, few voters expect us all to get along after Election Day. A Trump win is expected to trigger a more violent reaction than a Biden victory.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters said the country is headed in the right direction just before the election, the highest finding since March when the coronavirus lockdown kicked in. By comparison, this number ran in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, President Obama's last full year in office. It’ll be interesting to see where this number is next Monday as the election battle drags on.

In other surveys last week, this is what America told Rasmussen Reports:

Voters are less critical of the media’s presidential campaign coverage than they were four years ago, with most continuing to rely on television as their primary news source. But Biden voters remain far bigger cheerleaders of the media than Trump voters are.

- Trump earned a monthly job approval of 49% in October, down from 50% in September which was his high for the year to date.

- The Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index for the week of October 25-29, 2020 fell back to 101.8 from 105.5 the week before.

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