In Minnesota, Mr. Biden was ahead of suburban voters by 20 percentage points. In Wisconsin, that lead was only five points.
More significant to the former vice president is his strength with the elders, an advantage the Democrats did not enjoy four years ago. Mr. Biden enjoys a 12-point lead, 52 to 40, among people aged 65 and over in the four states and, by overwhelming numbers, they say he would do a better job than Mr. Trump unifying the country. managing race relations and addressing the pandemic.
These same voters remain deeply concerned about the virus, with 58% of them saying “the federal government̵
If there is a warning sign for Mr. Biden in the survey below Mr. Trump’s modest growth, it is that these many elders want him to denounce more forcefully the violence that has arisen from the summer protests for racial justice.
By a 20-point margin, 53 to 33, voters over 65 in the four states said the former vice president had not done enough to denounce the riots. And 70 percent of those same voters said crime was a “serious problem” in the country.
Ellen Christenson, a 69-year-old from Wisconsin, said she twice voted for former President Barack Obama before supporting Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, in 2016. Now Ms. Christenson said she was torn between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden and “It could go either way.”
Mr. Biden, he said, had not sufficiently “condemned the violence and the fires”.
Originally a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, Ms. Christenson said she now felt he had “gone too far” and said she “was a bit resentful” that her job had recently forced her to attend a seminar on microaggression.