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Trump leads Biden in US states, the WSJ poll shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump leads chairman Joe Biden in six battleground states in the 2024 U.S. presidential election, according to a Wall Street Journal poll published Wednesday that raised concerns about the economy and Biden’s performance.

Trump gained a lead of between 2 and 8 percentage points among voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina in a vote that included both third-party and independent candidates, the Journal said. The results were similar in a one-on-one match with Biden, the report said.

In Wisconsin, a seventh state where the contest is expected to be close, Biden led by three points in a multi-candidate vote and came into a head-to-head match with Trump, the Journal said.

Biden’s reelection campaign is grappling with voters’ concerns about the U.S. economy despite job growth, healthy spending and better-than-expected GDP increases, an issue that has vexed economists and Democratic political strategists.

In the Journal poll, negative views of Biden’s job performance outweigh positive views by at least 16 percentage points and by more than 20 points in four of the states. Trump received an unfavorable job rating for his time in the White House in only one of the seven states: Arizona.

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48% of respondents said Trump was better physically and mentally fit for the job, compared to 28% for Biden, the poll found.

The survey of 4,200 voters – 600 in each of the seven states – was conducted from March 17 to 24. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points for the full sample and 4 points for the results in individual states, the Journal said.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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