President Trump heads into this week’s Republican National Convention with national polls showing him trailing in his race for re-election. But surveys also identify strengths in his political standing, some of them not widely noted, that could help him close the gap by Election Day.
Mr. Trump lags behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 9 percentage points, this month’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found. The president’s share of support, now at 41%, hasn’t topped 44% this year against Mr. Biden. Mr. Trump also trails the former vice president in aggregated polling of most battleground states, though his deficit is smaller than in national polls.
But in a few ways, the president’s position is stronger than head-to-head polling shows.
The president has several strengths including holding steady with Hispanics, an improved image among white voters, rising interest among Republicans, up-for-grabs voters that lean Republican, and voter trust in Trump on economic issues.
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