Biden leads Trump by 8 points in Wisconsin: MU Law Poll

NOW: Biden leads Trump by 8 points in Wisconsin: MU Law Poll

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The June Marquette University Law School Poll shows presidential challenger Joe Biden significantly expand his lead over Donald Trump to eight points.

After two straight months of leading by three points in the poll many consider to be the most accurate in Wisconsin, Biden currently holds a 49-41 point lead over the president.

“This has been a good gain for Biden at this point," poll director Charles Franklin said. "And it’s a relatively widespread gain. He’s picking up across different regions and different groups.”

Forty-five percent of voters approve of the job the president has done, while 51 percent disapprove.

But Franklin says the rating varies a lot by category. One of the president’s worst marks comes on handling protests.

“How Trump is handling the protests, only 30 percent approve," Franklin said. "58 percent disapprove. That’s quite low.”

Sixty-one percent of Wisconsinites approve of mass protests, compared to only 36 percent who do not.

Franklin says that’s much different than public opinion on racial protests in in the 1960s.

“To see more than 60 percent who approve of the current protest says that the country as a whole is looking at the protests in a very different way.”

Voters support both the police and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Seventy-two percent of respondents view the police favorably. Fifty-seven percent view black lives matter favorably.

“Police usually get good marks in the state, but i think it’s very striking that black lives matter is now very comfortably over half,” Franklin said.

Hillary Clinton had a similar lead over Trump in the June Marquette Law Poll of 2016. She led by seven, and went on to lose the election.

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