Plural Vote - New data show Biden making massive inroads with Trump's base, threatening Trump's re-election chances
New data show Biden making massive inroads with Trump's base, threatening Trump's re-election chances
In the general election, Biden is improving in states with non-college whites to a statistically-significant degree. This demographic shifted to Trump in 2016; a reversal bodes well for Biden. Additionally, Biden has been polling 8.4 points better in the Midwest than Clinton in 2016.
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In general election surveys, Biden is improving in states with non-college whites to a statistically-significant degree. According to exit polls, this segment of the electorate was integral to Trump's win. White Americans without college degrees have been trending towards the GOP for many years, voting for Trump in 2016 by a historically-large margin. A reversal of this trend bodes well for Biden, who is outperforming Clinton the most in states with a higher-than-average population of non-college whites.

Supporting this trend, a breakdown by region also demonstrates that Biden is polling better than Clinton within groups integral to Trump's electoral college majority. Biden has been polling 8.4 points better in the Midwest than Clinton ended up doing in 2016. In comparison, Biden's increase on Clinton's margin averages 5.4 points and a median of 5.0 points across all states. 

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Region Biden Improvement Over 2016
Northeast Biden gain of 2.7 points
West Biden gain of 3.9 points
South Biden gain of 5.8 points
Midwest Biden gain of 8.4 points

There is an r = ~44.5% correlation (with a statistically significant p-value of 0.005) between how much Biden improves over Clinton and the share of non-college whites in a state. The source of the state-by-state polling data is the 2020 presidential electoral forecast published on Plural Vote. Feel free to follow @plural_vote on Twitter for more electoral statistics.

Written by PLURAL VOTE. This article was last updated on 4/5/2020.
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