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Trump’s base starting to erode, new poll shows

President Trump returns to the White House on Saturday after a trip to his golf resort in Virginia. <span class="copyright">(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)</span>
President Trump returns to the White House on Saturday after a trip to his golf resort in Virginia. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

President Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies shows.

The poll shows Trump far behind Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in California. That’s no surprise — even at his strongest Trump was unlikely ever to be competitive in California, a heavily Democratic state.

What is notable, however, is the size of the gap and the degree to which approval of Trump’s work as president has declined among groups that until now have supported him.

Biden leads Trump in California by 39 percentage points, 67% to 28%, the poll found. That’s 9 points larger than the margin by which Hillary Clinton beat

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