Part of Trump’s momentum has stemmed from continued COVID-19 vaccine optimism, a downward trend in both coronavirus hospitalisations and deaths, and gradual improvement in the labour market.
Both candidates had town halls with much attention remaining on COVID-19. Trump is championing that the economy will perform better if he is re-elected and even pushed the Republicans to go for “much higher numbers” regarding the coronavirus economic relief bill. While lower taxes and less regulation normally translate into friendlier economic conditions, President Trump’s approach towards trade does not make this a clear advantage for him. A Biden presidency could mean globalisation will be revived and multi-nationals could thrive. Biden will seek to undo President Trump’s reforms on healthcare and have the country focus on climate change.
Biden’s campaign is trying to make the election a referendum on President Trump’s leadership throughout the pandemic. Trump’s campaign continues to focus on the economy, rising crime, and on efforts to thwart any efforts to defund the police. Recent polls show that Americans are not inspired by either candidate, for Trump an ABC News-Ipsos poll showed 65% of respondents disapprove of the President’s management of the coronavirus pandemic and 68% do not trust Trump’s rhetoric on the virus. Biden did not fare much better as 49% do not trust what he says about COVID-19.