Mary McKinney, 48, of St. Charles, Iowa, said she supported Mr. Trump because of his simple manners, but that the Supreme Court process was moving “a bit fast”, adding that she would not support not efforts to ban abortion.
“I don’t like abortion, but I don’t like a woman being forced to carry a baby due to a traumatic incident, so I guess I’m pretty neutral about it,” Ms. McKinney, who works from home. as a foster parent.
Reflecting the conservative streak of the states polled, Mr. Trump and his party are in better shape than most of the others recently polled by The Times, and he could ultimately wear them all. The president’s approval rating is in positive territory in Texas, and voters are almost evenly split across Iowa and Georgia. This is significantly stronger than Mr. Trump’s position in major swing states like Wisconsin and Arizona.
Mr. Trump has retained a lasting advantage over Mr. Biden on economic matters, and that extends to all three states in the Times poll. And where voters elsewhere have strongly favored Mr. Biden over Mr. Trump on the issue of handling the coronavirus pandemic, voters in Texas and Georgia are closely divided on this point. Mr. Biden still holds a significant advantage on the matter in Iowa.
In Georgia and Texas, the election is also divided along racial lines. Mr. Trump wins about two-thirds of white voters in Georgia and Texas, while Mr. Biden leads by huge margins with black voters in both states. Hispanic voters in Texas favor Mr. Biden by 25 points, 57% to 32%.
Yet many of the same voters, in heavily white Iowa and two traditionally conservative southern states, are not as dismissive of systemic racism as Mr. Trump. In each state, half or more of those polled felt that racism in the country’s criminal justice system was a bigger problem than riots.
And as with the Times’ investigations of other competitive states earlier this month, voters expressed little confidence in Mr. Trump’s ability to heal the country.