President Trump currently holds a double digit lead in his chances for re-election on the PredictIt betting market.
This represents a stunning turnaround as just a few weeks ago Biden was leading Trump during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.
As you can see in the chart below, on March 16th Biden held a 49% to 45% lead over Trump.
This means Trump’s chances have surged by a remarkable 13% since.
Some analysts believe that President Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings may be part of the reason for the turnaround.
Mark Moore of the NYPost writes President Trump’s daily White House coronavirus briefings are a ratings hit.
The president, who has taken the lead in the task force’s daily updates to the nation, has attracted an average audience of about 8.5 million viewers on cable news — about the number of viewers who watched the season finale of “The Bachelor,” The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing Nielsen numbers.
And as the outbreak continues to surge across the country and more Americans abide by shelter-in-place orders in a number of states, the viewership is increasing.
Monday’s briefing drew 12.2 million people on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, ratings similar to those of “Monday Night Football.”
Fox News has benefited from the briefings, with the cable network attracting 6.2 million viewers on Monday, numbers on par with popular prime-time shows.
The newspaper said millions more are watching on the traditional networks — ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as online — but they offer less reliable numbers than the cable stations because of the way Nielsen ratings are measured.