Biden is downplaying polls that show him trailing Trump — how much will they matter?

President Joe Biden is beginning to publicly rebuke polls that show him behind in the race against former President Donald Trump in what could be a worrying sign for his campaign.

Biden spent a whirlwind Wednesday touring southeast Wisconsin and Chicago. Biden’s trip to Wisconsin comes as he works to raise money and support in what’s expected to be one of his closest battleground states.

Speaking at the Chicago event, where he was raising money likely to be spent in nearby swing states, Biden cited a Quinnipiac poll showing him leading Trump by 6 points. But he followed that up by downplaying the importance of polling generally.

“The truth is, I don’t think any of the polls matter very much this early,” Biden told donors at the ritzy Palmer House
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