In interviews, many mentioned they initially backed Mr. Trump as a result of he was a businessman, not a politician. Specifically, he was not Mrs.
In interviews, many mentioned they initially backed Mr. Trump as a result of he was a businessman, not a politician. Specifically, he was not Mrs. Clinton. However they’ve soured on his dealing with of the presidency. A number of talked about his divisive fashion and his firing of officers who disagreed with him, and particularly his response to the coronavirus and to the unrest within the aftermath of the dying of George Floyd in police custody.
Not all of them are able to again Joe Biden, however they not entertain the potential of backing the president.
Over all, 78 % of respondents in battleground states who mentioned they wouldn’t vote for Mr. Trump once more disapproved of his dealing with of the pandemic.
John Crilly, 55, a retired business diver in Reeders, Pa., mentioned he voted for Mr. Trump “as a result of the opposite choice was Hillary Clinton.”
“What modified my thoughts? 120,000 deaths,” he mentioned. “He refused to comprehend, ‘Oh my god, there’s a virus coming our manner; shouldn’t we do one thing, guys?’ Covid was the turning level. It’s the factor that touches dwelling with everyone.”
He plans to vote for an area write-in candidate as an alternative of Mr. Biden, who he worries is just too previous.
Coronavirus additionally modified the thoughts of Ariel Oakley, 29, who works in human sources in Grand Rapids, Mich. “With coronavirus, even simply watching the press conferences, having him come out and say it’s all pretend,” she mentioned. “I’ve household who’ve sadly handed away from it.”
It made her marvel how typically he hadn’t informed the reality earlier than, she mentioned. She plans to vote for Mr. Biden.