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Biden Up 5 Points in Final MU Poll

Margin unchanged since last poll, still 10% who pick neither candidate.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Oct 28th, 2020 02:10 pm
Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 5 points among likely voters in Wisconsin, according to the final Marquette University Law School poll of the 2020 presidential election cycle.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they support Biden, compared to 43 percent for Trump. Two percent of voters said they plan to support Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, and 8 percent said they are still undecided, plan to vote for a candidate not named in the poll, or refused to answer.

The poll was conducted Oct. 21-25. It’s margin of error for likely voters is 4.4 percent. That means Biden’s lead is within the margin of error.

The previous Marquette poll, released earlier this month, showed Biden leading Trump by 5 points among likely voters, 46 percent to 41 percent. Another 4 percent said they would vote for Jorgensen, and 8 percent said they were undecided, planned to vote for another candidate, or refused to answer.

Undecided and third-party voters played a key role in the final polls of the 2016 presidential election, showing a lead for Hillary Clinton over Trump.

The final Marquette poll in 2016 showed Clinton leading Trump by 6 points among likely voters in Wisconsin, 46 percent to 40 percent, with 4 percent saying they planned to support Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, 3 percent for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and 7 percent who said they were undecided, planned to vote for a candidate who wasn’t named, or refused to answer.

Ultimately, Trump won 47 percent of the vote in Wisconsin compared to Clinton’s 46 percent. The majority of undecided voters shifted to Trump, and some who said they planned to support third-party candidates shifted their support to Trump as well. Johnson ended up winning 4 percent of the vote and Stein earned 1 percent.

Another statewide poll, released Monday by the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, showed Biden leading Trump by 9 points among likely voters in Wisconsin, with 3 percent of voters saying they were planning to support another candidate or were undecided. The margin of error on that poll was 4.1 percent, which means Biden’s lead was slightly outside the margin of error.

Last Marquette Poll Before Election: Biden Leads Trump By 5 Points Among Likely Wisconsin Voters was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

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