Fifty Of the registered voters who voted, 43 percent said they plan to vote for Biden, compared to 43 percent who said they would vote for Trump. The 7 percentage point difference between the candidates marked a fall from the June results with Biden leading Trump by 12 points.
Seven percent of respondents in the August survey refused to be unspecified or to answer the question.
Voting has been carried out by both parties wrapping up their national conventions and other elections show a tight race.
The results are similar to the USA Today-Suffolk poll conducted in August 2016 when the former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMalia Trump used personal email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump repeated for drug test before debate, claiming Biden is on some sort of ‘Hill’ campaign. Report: Trump Visits Kenosha | Primary Days in Massachusetts | The GOP saw Minnesota as a battleground Gained 7 points over Trump. The 2016 poll included third-party candidates and when these candidates were included in the August 2020 voting, Biden’s lead reached 5 percentage points, USA Today noted.
A quarter of the electorate also reported that they are not ready to consider the results of the presidential election as fair and accurate if their candidate loses. This includes 28 percent of Biden supporters, who said they would react this way if Trump won, and 19 percent of Trump supporters, who said they would not accept the results if Biden won.
Republicans, a strong majority of 83 percent, said they are at least somewhat concerned that mail-in voting will open the election to fraud, with 62 percent saying they are very concerned. Trump has promoted the fraud story, despite the lack of evidence, that voting by mail may allow for fraud.
A third of Democrats are concerned about the report’s fraud with at least some degree of mail-in voting.
Millions of people across the country are likely to participate in mail-in voting this year as the coronavirus virus epidemic prompted experts to warn people about congestion in public places.
USA Today-Suffolk poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters August 28 -31. The margin of error was 3.1 percentage points.