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Report: ‘Fragile’ Trump may drop out of election if poll numbers don't improve

  • Published at 08:13 pm July 1st, 2020
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File photo: US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US, June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

'It’s too early, but if the polls continue to worsen, you can see a scenario where he drops out'

US President Donald Trump may drop out of the 2020 presidential race if polling does not improve, Republican insiders have reportedly told Fox News, The Independent reported.

Trump's polling has suffered since the Covid-19 outbreak, with a number of polls in key swing states putting him ten points behind Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some states have begun to reimpose lockdown measures following a rise in coronavirus cases after bars and restaurants reopened.

“It’s too early, but if the polls continue to worsen, you can see a scenario where he drops out,” one Republican, who asked to remain anonymous, told Fox News.

Another Republican insider told the conservative news channel: “I’ve heard the talk but I doubt it’s true.

“My bet is, he drops if he believes there’s no way to win.”

It comes after a number of Trump's allies broke ranks to say his reelection campaign is not going well.

"He is losing," said former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Trump friend and confidant, on ABC's This Week on Sunday.

"And if he doesn't change course, both in terms of the substance of what he's discussing and the way that he approaches the American people, then he will lose."

Biden currently holds an average lead of nine points over the incumbent, according to a tracker of 2020 polls by RealClearPolitics.

Crucially, Trump has lost support from older white voters — typically a bedrock of support for the Republican Party and a group that was crucial to his narrow 2016 victory. Trump is also trailing the former vice president in almost all the swing states.

Trump has repeatedly hit out at polling that shows him far behind Biden. Last month, he tweeted that Fox News “should fire their Fake Pollster. Never had a good Fox Poll!”

On Monday, he tweeted: "Sorry to inform the Do Nothing Democrats, but I am getting VERY GOOD internal Polling Numbers. Just like 2016, the @nytimes Polls are Fake! The @FoxNews Polls are a JOKE! Do you think they will apologize to me & their subscribers AGAIN when I WIN? People want LAW, ORDER & SAFETY!"

Last month, Trump said he would leave the White House peacefully if he lost in November's presidential election but that it would be "a very bad thing for our country."

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