With two weeks to go until the U.S. presidential election, elderly members of the electorate appear to be having second thoughts,.. as many disapprove of the way the pandemic is being handled in the nation.
The Wall Street Journal on Sunday highlighted shifting political preferences among seniors, with older voters more inclined to support the Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
This shift is worthy of note as Republicans have typically been favored by the elderly in the last four presidential elections.
According to this year's Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of elderly voters aged 65 and up, U.S. President Donald Trump is trailing Biden by 10-percentage points.
This is a stark contrast to the poll held 4 years ago, when Trump won the seniors by 7-percentage points, against the then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Wall Street Journal has noted the demographics of the battlefield states as one of the main reasons behind the shift.
Currently, the share of people aged 65 and up is larger than the national average in the most competitive states.
According to recent polls, the state with the nation's oldest voters, Maine, showed the greatest shift towards the Democratic candidate with 12-points, compared with the previous vote in 2016.
With this move, Biden is currently leading Trump by 15-percentage points in Maine.
Trump's weakened position comes as senior citizens, who are also among the most vulnerable to the pandemic, are criticizing his handling of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the final presidential debate is set to take place on Thursday 9 P.M. Eastern time for 90 minutes.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.