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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opened his widest polling lead in a month after President Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus just weeks before the US vote. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the majority of Americans think Mr Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously. The national opinion poll did not show outpouring support for the President beyond Mr Trump’s core group of followers, some of whom gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalised.
Among those who are expected to cast their vote on November 3, the poll found that 51 percent were backing Mr Biden, while 41 percent said they were voting for Mr Trump.
Four percent were choosing a third-party candidate and another four percent said they were undecided.
Despite the latest polls painting an ugly picture for Mr Trump, Australian Liberal Party Senator Eric Abetz believes the Republican will ultimately prevail in November.
He said: “Given the options available, I side with Trump.
“He undertook the economic miracle the US needed prior to coronavirus.
“He has reestablished the US standing up for itself in respect to the funding of NATO.
“Surely, his methodology is unorthodox, but in fairness that is how he won the election in the first place.”
When asked whether he thinks Mr Trump will get reelected, Mr Abetz said: “He has a very strong chance of winning.
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“Have a look at those states where the COVID-19 is causing the most havoc… the people in government there tend to be Democrats as opposed to Republicans.”
He added: “Sure, coronavirus will be one the issues that Donald Trump has something to answer for.
“But the riots and the lawlessness now in the US, which the Democrats find so hard to condemn, will play in Donald Trump’s favour.
“That is for sure.”
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Mr Abetz has been a Senator for Tasmania since February 1994, representing the Liberal Party.
He was the Minister for Employment and the Leader of the Government in the Senate in Tony Abbott’s government from 2013 to 2015.
He also previously served as Special Minister of State in the Howard Government from 2001 to 2006 and as Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from 2006 to 2007.
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