Biden and Trump speak by phone about coronavirus response

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday, April 6, about the response to the coronavirus pandemic, a source familiar with the call and a White House official tell CNN.

WASHINGTON (CBS46) -- With 132 days until the 2020 presidential election, public polls are painting an increasingly grim picture for President Donald Trump's re-election chances.

According to the latest New York Times/Siena College poll of registered voters, President Trump trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 14 points, 50-36 percent in a head-to-head match-up. But the problems for Mr. Trump became more evident when the poll is broken down by different demographic groups.

According to the poll, Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump by 22 points among female voters and three points among male voters. Biden leads among Black, Hispanic, and college-educated White voters, but trails by 19 percent among non-college educated White voters.

The Times poll found Biden also leads among independent voters by 21 points and among moderate voters by 33 points over Trump.

The latest poll from the Time may be dubbed as "fake news" from the Times by Trump and his allies, but it's the latest in a series of polls showing double-digit deficits for the incumbent president.

According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, just 37 percent of Americans approve of the way Trump has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was the lowest on record for Reuters/Ipsos since they started asking the question in March. The same poll puts Biden ahead by 10 points as of June 24. The Reuters poll also found that among Trump's Republican supporters, just 43 percent said they thought the country was heading in the "right direction."

Finally, looking at polling averages shows the same problems for Trump across the board. According to the RealClear Politics polling average, Biden leads Trump by 10.2 percent and the poll with the closest race, from Emerson College in early June gave Biden a six-point lead.

In another poll of polls, gives Biden a 9.9 percent lead 51.1 to 42.2 over Trump.

While Biden is riding high right now, even before he makes his Vice Presidential selection, the race is far from over. As Trump proved in 2016, he has never put faith into polls and has proven them wrong in the past. Still, Biden is much more popular than Trump's previous opponent, Hillary Clinton, and could make history if he selects a woman of color as his running mate.

Combined, the road to remaining in the White House for Trump looks long and difficult in late June. But, as 2020 has proved, a lot can happen between now and November 3rd.

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