Trump faces a 'Gray Revolt' among older voters

Donald Trump faces a revolt by a group of American voters who stood firmly behind his campaign four years ago: elderly Americans.
Reuters / Ipsos poll data from September and October shows that voters 55 and over are now roughly evenly distributed. 47% say they vote for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and 46% for Trump.
The shift appears to be driven by the coronavirus pandemic and the direction is an alarming sign for the president.
Republicans have relied on age group support in national elections for years. Polls on the exit show that Trump gained 13 percentage points in 2016. Four years earlier, Republican candidate Mitt Romney had a similar lead.
Now, just 25 days before the election, Reuters / Ipsos polls show Biden beats Trump by 10 points among senior voters in the battlefield state of Wisconsin and even gets along with Trumps among voters 55 and over in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Arizona.
In the polls, half of senior voters in the five battlefield states blamed the country's 7.6 million COVID-19 cases and over 210,000 coronavirus deaths for "poor leadership and political decisions by President Trump."
83% of older Americans were concerned about the threat the coronavirus poses to their personal health and safety.
Video transcript
- Donald Trump faces a revolt by a group of American voters who were firmly behind his campaign four years ago, elderly Americans. Reuters / Ipsos poll data from September and October shows that voters 55 and over are now roughly evenly distributed. 47% say they vote for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and 46% for Trump.
The shift appears to be driven by the coronavirus pandemic and the direction is an alarming sign for the president. Republicans have relied on the support of older age groups in national elections for years. Polls on the exit show that Trump gained the population by 13 percentage points in 2016. Four years earlier, Republican candidate Mitt Romney had a similar lead.
Now, just 25 days before the election, Reuters / Ipsos polls also show Biden beating Trump by 10 points among senior voters in the battlefield state of Wisconsin, and even roaming around with Trump among voters 55+ in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Arizona.
In the polls, half of senior voters in the five battlefield states blamed the 7.6 million COVID-19 cases and over 210,000 coronavirus deaths in the country by quoting "poor leadership and political decisions by President Trump". 83% of older Americans were concerned about the threat the coronavirus poses to their personal health and safety.

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