Biden, 77, says he will ‘absolutely’ serve for two terms if elected as he defends himself against Trump’s slur that ‘he’s not all there’ in interview with Kamala off back of 5-point post-DNC polling bump
- Joe Biden saw a 5 per cent favorability polling boost Sunday following the Democratic National Convention last week
- His running mate Kamala Harris also saw a 6 per cent boost following the four-night event aimed at winning over voters and nominating the Democratic ticket
- The duo will appear for their first in-person interview as running mates Sunday night with ABC News
- Biden told the network that he plans to serve two terms if elected in November
Joe Biden said Sunday he will ‘absolutely’ serve two terms if elected president as the recently nominated Democratic candidate saw a 5 per cent polling boost off the back of the four-night convention last week.
In an ABC News/Ipsos poll taken August 11-12, Biden had 40 per cent favorability and in the same poll taken August 21-22 – after the first-ever fully virtual Democratic National Convention – his approval jumped to 45 per cent.
Also before the convention, Biden had a net negative favorability rating, meaning more people disapproved of him than approved, a stat that has now flipped.
By comparison in the 2016 ABC News/Washington Post poll, then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s rating jumped 6 percentage points from before the convention to after.
Clinton’s favorability rating landed at 48 per cent, but her unfavorability rating still stood at 50 per cent.
Joe Biden saw a 5 per cent favorability polling boost Sunday following the Democratic National Convention last week
His running mate California Sen. Kamala Harris also saw a 6 per cent boost following the four-night event aimed at winning over voters and nominating the Democratic ticket
The duo will appear for their first in-person interview as running mates Sunday night with ABC News
Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are attempting to continue their momentum in their first in-person interview together, which will air Sunday night and of which clips were released earlier in the morning.
Harris also enjoyed a favorability boost from the convention as she closed out Wednesday night with a speech accepting the vice presidential nomination and on Thursday, the last night of the convention, she appeared with Biden after his acceptance speech.
Ahead of the convention, the California senator had a 35 per cent approval rating, and on Sunday the poll showed her at 41 per cent.
In their first ever side-by-side interview as running mates, Biden told ABC News’ David Muir that he will serve two terms if elected in November, even though there are claims he intends to run as a ‘transition candidate.’
When asked if he only plans to serve one term, Biden said ‘no,’
‘You’re leaving open the possibility that you’ll serve eight years if elected?’ Muir questioned the candidate, who was officially nominated as part of the events last week to appear on the Democratic ticket.
‘Absolutely,’ the former vice president asserted.
Harris and Biden are appearing in their first ever in-person interview side-by-side, but six feet apart, with ABC News on Sunday night – some clips of the pre-recorded sit-down were released Sunday morning.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially became the Democratic ticket last week as they were nominated as the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the party respectively
The poll, taken among 714 American adults, had a slight oversampling of black and Hispanic respondents.
Biden already holds a large majority of the favorability among the black community compared to President Donald Trump and his highest favorability in general is among that demographic with 69 per cent viewing him favorability.
Only 39 per cent of white American adults feel the same way and 52 per cent of Hispanics say they see the candidate in a good light.
Biden also saw his favorability among Democrats climb 7 per cent, from 79 to 86 per cent following the convention, which historically lends itself a boost to the nominated candidate’s favorability.
In the two polls earlier this month and on Sunday, Trump’s favorability dropped by 3 percentage points from 35 to 32 per cent.
His unfavorability rating, however, reached 60 per cent, which Republicans are hoping to turn during their own convention coming up this week.
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