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Voters believe Biden wants to 'calm' protests while Trump wants to 'encourage fighting'

Nearly a majority of Americans believe Joe Biden wants to calm down Black Lives Matter protests, while a similar amount believe President Donald Trump wants to encourage more fighting. 

A new CBS News/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll found that 49 per cent of registered voters nationally believed Biden was trying to calm the situation down, with 39 per cent saying the same thing about Trump. 

Forty-seven per cent believed Trump was trying to encourage fighting, while 30 per cent sai Biden was stirring the pot. 

Joe Biden waves to reporters as he leaves church in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday. New polling shows that nearly a majority ofAmericans believe that Biden wants to calm down the Black Lives Matter protests as opposed to throwing more gas on the fire

Joe Biden waves to reporters as he leaves church in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday. New polling shows that nearly a majority ofAmericans believe that Biden wants to calm down the Black Lives Matter protests as opposed to throwing more gas on the fire 

Nearly half of Trump voters believe President Donald Trump wants to 'encourage fighting' in how he's dealt with the Black Lives Matter movement. He's photographed Friday during a White House news conference

Nearly half of Trump voters believe President Donald Trump wants to ‘encourage fighting’ in how he’s dealt with the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s photographed Friday during a White House news conference  

A majority of registered voters believe reforming the police is a better way to end the protests than punishing protesters, though Trump voters believed two-to-one that punishing protesters would work better. 

Overall, 60 per cent of registered voters believe police reforms would be a better way to end protests, with 91 per cent of Biden supporters backing that statement, but just 22 per cent of Trump supporters.  

Only 3 per cent of Biden voters believed protesters should be punished, compared to 54 per cent of Trump voters and 25 per cent of voters overall. 

Trump voters were most worried about the economy if Biden were to win. 

59 per cent said economic issues made them fear a Biden win, followed by 31 per cent who said policing and protests, 7 per cent who said race and race relations and finally 4 per cent who worried about the coronavirus. 

On the flip side, the handling of the coronavirus made Biden voters the most fearful of a Trump second term.   

Thirty-eight per cent ranked the virus as their top worry, followed by 30 per cent of Biden supporters who worried about the president’s handling of race and race relations. 

Seventeen per cent of Biden voters were most concerned about policing and protests, followed by another 15 per cent who worried about economic issues.  

Polling also found that Biden still leads Trump nationally and in the battleground staet of Wisconsin. 

Nationally, 52 per cent of likely voters say they’ll choose Biden in November, compared to 42 per cent who’ll select Trump. 

And in Wisconsin, one of three formerly blue states responsible for Trump’s Electoral College win, Biden has an edge too. 

Fifty per cent support Biden, while 44 per cent say they’ll pick Trump, according to the survey.   

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