US elections: tension growing apace with Biden's lead

In the run-up to the US presidential elections on November 3, the polls show the presidential challenger Joe Biden with a substantial lead against Donald Trump in some states. While some observers are already looking at how Trump would react to defeat, others voice doubts about the reliability of the polls.

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Ilta-Sanomat (FI) /

Why is Trump not asking for election observers?

Ilta-Sanomat says Trump's concern about the election being conducted correctly is just a pretext:

“Trump, who is worried about his low approval ratings, is encouraging mistrust in the electoral system by alluding to fraud with mail-in voting. If he believed in his own intimations, he would have to invite election observers to the country. But he won't do that. Trump is simply trying to establish a legitimate reason to question a potential and, according to recent opinion polls, probable election defeat.”

Evenimentul Zilei (RO) /

Polls can't be trusted

Evenimentul Zilei does not have much faith in the pre-election forecasts:

“We really should admit that US polls have been worth nothing since 2016. Back then, Donald Trump scored a landslide victory against Hillary Clinton even though he was eight to twelve percentage points behind her in the polls. And this is even more true now that the wave of violence triggered by Black Lives Matter and the Democrat-backed Antifa is making people afraid to say that they will vote for Trump.”

Polityka (PL) /

Biden needs to step up his game

The Democratic candidate's lead is fragile, Polityka warns:

“The most recent Gallup poll according to which 56 percent of Americans say that they're materially better off now than they were four years ago indicates a reluctance to make radical changes. ... Despite the economic collapse caused by the pandemic, this boom lasted until March, and much of society is still benefiting from it. So support for Biden is based almost entirely on the fact that people trust him more than the unpredictable president, who is being blamed for the health crisis. ... That should be a warning to the Democratic candidate. He should present a clearer, more specific agenda for his future government.”