WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Support for President Donald Trump's re-election is picking up steam while similar polls are showing that enthusiasm for the self-quarantined Joe Biden is waning fast.
Just 43% of registered voters are saying they'll continue supporting former vice president Biden, while 41% are solidly in Trump's corner, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. Trump has now closed a six-point lead Biden enjoyed last week to a mere two-point lead.
The highly coveted segment of independent voters is also flocking to Trump, even by CNN's estimation. This analysis is based on a six-point jump in Gallup's latest two-week tracking poll. This poll shows Trump's approval rating is now up to 49%, versus a 47% disapproval.
Even Democrats are growing increasingly restless with Biden. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, just 54% of Democrats continue clinging to Biden. This is a dramatic drop from a few months ago when Biden steamrolled a field of presidential hopefuls including socialist Bernie Sanders.
There's a twofold answer to why Trump is advancing so rapidly against Biden. One side of the equation is related to Trump's high visibility and perceived leadership during the pandemic. The other side of the equation involves Biden remaining noticeably invisible in his basement during a time of a national crisis.
Regarding Trump's leadership, even California's Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom gave Trump high marks in this regard. Tim Groeling, a professor of communications at the University of California, took notice of Newsom's praise and the damage it was doing to Biden's campaign.
"The person who is hit most by this isn't Newsom, isn't the other governors — it's Biden," observed Groeling. "It's extremely persuasive, it's extremely credible that (Newsom's) saying these things about Trump. It's damaging to the Biden campaign's attempt to set out a contrary narrative."
Biden, meanwhile, is supposedly self-quarantining at home and kept largely out of the public eye.
Ruben Navarrette, a nationally syndicated columnist, noted such posturing won't seat Biden in the oval office.
"You can't be in hiding, you can't be sequestered, you can't be holed up in the house in Delaware," Navarrette chided.
But many believe it's not fear of the Wuhan virus that keeps Biden cloistered, but fear of committing political suicide owing to his endless stream of gaffes, what some commentators have publicly noted appears to be the onset of dementia.
Chuck Lehmann, a columnist with the Canada Free Press, believes Biden's so-called handlers are calling the shots. Lehmann infers that Biden is being kept out of the limelight to avoid having to answer Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations.
"C'mon Joe, emerge from your bunker and the witness protection program," urged Lehmann, "and talk to the citizens of the country, if your political handlers will let you."
While Trump and Congress are blaming China for maliciously allowing the Wuhan virus to spread, Biden is coming under increasing scrutiny for building China up into a world power by ignoring its human rights violations. Such scrutiny has led Biden to earn the nickname "Beijing Biden."
Finally, Trump has courted the favor of faithful Catholics by standing up for religious liberty and defending the lives of the unborn. Biden, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports abortion on demand, so-called same-sex marriage and has declared there are "at least three" genders.