After weeks of being underwater in national polls, the latest rounds of voter data show that President Trump is gaining ground on Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden. The new polls were conducted in "battleground" states, which are considered key to both parties' electoral hopes.
One of the polling companies involved, Change Research, is an organization tied primarily to Democratic candidates and causes. Its latest numbers show Trump making large strides in states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
According to polling data, Trump and Biden are within the margin of error in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania, while Biden maintains a slim 4- to 5-point lead in the other two.
New polls also show Trump gaining significant ground in the historically blue state of Minnesota, which has been dealing with some of the country's worst cases of civil unrest following the May death of George Floyd.
While conservative commentators, like the blog Hot Air, speculate Trump's improved numbers in Minnesota have to do with swing voters desiring a "law and order option on the ballot," more left-leaning sources like Politico have a different analysis, suggesting it has to do with Biden's leftward shift turning off those voters.
"The coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it's unleashed are pushing Joe Biden and the Democratic Party further to the left on health care," the outlet reports, noting that Biden is now "inching closer" to a "Medicare for All" plan.
Those policies may be a lure to left-wing voters, but centrists in key battleground states do not appear to be responding well.