Former Vice President

’s chief pollster says the Democratic presidential nominee is poised to build a broader coalition than even

managed in his election campaigns, improving among voters who have favored Republican candidates in recent years.

Pollster John Anzalone said

 at an event sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute that Biden is benefitting from an incumbent president who has a record, one who is no longer the abstract candidate who beat

in 2016.

“We’re dealing with a president who is not a hypothetical, and he was in 2016,” Anzalone said. “Right now, voters are judging

as president, and they’re judging him on how he’s mishandled the coronavirus. You see his negative job rating on that approaching 60 percent.”

Anzalone pointed to public polls that show Biden leading among independent voters, among those with college educations, among suburbanites and even among seniors.

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