The Times/Siena surveys are about in line with the average of recent poll results in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but they depict tighter races in Nevada and New Hampshire, where there has been less polling this summer — especially in Nevada.
Voters in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, two states that have grappled with incidents of police brutality and a summer of protests that followed, said they trusted Biden to do a better job handling race relations, protests and violent crime, despite Trump’s recent efforts to paint Biden as an ally of anarchy and violence.
But the surveys also showed that crime is high on many voters’ minds, even compared to the coronavirus pandemic, as Trump focuses on “law and order” as his campaign theme.
In Minnesota, Wisconsin and New Hampshire, voters were split over whether addressing the coronavirus pandemic or law and order was more important in the 2020 election. A majority — 52 percent — of voters in Nevada, which saw its biggest drop in coronavirus cases this week since June, said tackling law and order took precedence over the pandemic.
The polls were conducted Sept. 8-11 across the four states, surveying 814 likely voters in Minnesota, 760 likely voters in Wisconsin, 462 likely voters in Nevada and 445 likely voters in New Hampshire. The margins of error ranged from 3.9 percentage points in Minnesota to 5.5 percentage points in New Hampshire.