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Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, celebrate at the convention's parking-lot finale. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Joe Biden gained ground with skeptical Democrats and a key slice of independents during the Democratic National Convention, a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios finds.
White House editor Margaret Talev writes that Biden gained 9 points in favorability with independents — and shaved 5 points off his negative ratings.
Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris each got 5-point bumps with Democrats coming out of the convention, compared with polling a week earlier.
And here's a talker: SurveyMonkey (2,946 U.S. adults polled Thursday and Friday, with a ±3 point margin of error for the full sample) found a healthy slice of Ds actually preferred a virtual convention.
A pair of word clouds from the polling provide a snapshot of America's mood. The top three words Democrats used to describe the convention were "hopeful," "inclusive" and "united":
Republicans' top three words were "boring," "lies" and "joke":
Evan Osnos — a delightful writer with an enviable eye, ear and voice — embarked on profiling Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. for The New Yorker, and returned with the 14,000-word "Man in the Middle" (16 pages in the magazine), including interviews with Biden, President Obama, Stephen Colbert, Varshini Prakash and a "professor who specializes in the political dynamics of age."
Osnos writes that when Biden "conjures the image of congressional harmony, many younger Americans think that he sounds deluded — or, worse, unwilling to join difficult fights":
He was mocked last year for suggesting that members of Congress would undergo an "epiphany" after Trump was gone. To his mind, though, the prospects for bipartisanship hinge on the margin of victory.
"If we win, and we pick up five or six Senate seats, I think there WILL be an epiphany," he told me, "because all you need then is three, or four, or five Republicans who have seen the light a little bit." He went on, "I don’t think you can underestimate the impact of Trump not being there. The vindictiveness, the pettiness, the willingness to, at his own expense, go after people with vendettas, like you saw with Sessions" — Jeff Sessions, the former Attorney General, whom Trump had helped torpedo in the recent Alabama primary.
[A] senior Obama Administration official worries that Biden’s optimism could be costly: "Does he see his role as someone who can bring in the Never Trumpers and build some bipartisan consensus? I know from experience that’s a trap. We walked right into it. Your people lose faith, the Republicans never give you credit, you waste a lot of time — and you end up with the Tea Party."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Suddenly, the city that never sleeps is starting to feel eerily sleepy, managing editor Jennifer Kingson, a lifelong New Yorker, writes from the Upper East Side.
Why it matters: New York City is a success story in beating back COVID. But many of its wealthiest and most successful residents have fled, some of them never to return.
While the city typically empties in August, with well-heeled New Yorkers taking vacations or moving to their second homes, this time feels different:
The impact: More than 13,000 apartments are empty in Manhattan, and landlords are offering unheard-of discounts.
Where it stands: A throwdown between Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's unions over New York's massive municipal budget deficit could make matters much worse.
Pessimists include James Altucher, the writer, former hedge funder, and comedy club owner, who argued in a LinkedIn post that "New York is dead forever."
Optimists include Andrew Hacker, the Queens College professor, Upper West Sider, and author of a new Trump book called "Downfall," who tells Axios that the city will bounce back.
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RNC sign outside the Charlotte Convention Center. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images
President Trump is expected to speak all four nights of this week's Republican National Convention, the campaign says. Other highlights:
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