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Jill Biden: 'A lot of Republicans' told me on campaign trail they're 'going to vote for Joe'

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Jill Biden said Tuesday that "a lot of Republicans" on the campaign trail told her that they're going to vote for her husband, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"From what I've seen, a lot of Republicans are going to vote for Joe," Jill Biden said during an interview on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday.

"You know, they've been saying it. Maybe they're not saying it publicly," she said in response to a question from co-host Megan McCain, who described Republicans as "very tribal" and noted that President Trump was predicting a big win based on a "silent majority."

"When I was out there on the trail, a lot of people came up to me and said, 'Jill, I'm a Republican, but I'm going to vote for your husband because he's a moderate and he's a steady leader, and we believe in Joe.' "

"So, I think, of course, Trump has his supporters," she continued. "I think a lot of his supporters have become disillusioned, especially in the way he's handled this pandemic. We've seen just these last two days the spike in the numbers of people who are getting sick and how he's not even addressing it and taking care of American families. So, I have a little bit of a different take on it than maybe than you do."

The former vice president leads in the RealClearPolitics average of polls by 9.2 points over Trump.

The president has seen his approval in Gallup drop 10 points from an all-time high of 49 percent in mid-May to 39 percent.

The drop coincided with both the coronavirus pandemic and outrage over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Trump also trailed then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by considerable margins in 2016. In late June, Clinton's lead was 6.8 points in the RealClearPolitics average, with the former secretary of State leading at the time 46.4 percent to 39.6 percent.

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