Biden’s 2024 win would upset more voters than Trump’s re-election: poll

According to a new poll, more Americans would react negatively to President Joe Biden’s re-election than to former President Donald Trump in the White House after the 2024 presidential election.

The survey, published by The Washington Post and ABC News on Sunday found that both candidates face a lack of voter enthusiasm ahead of the 2024 election, which could become a rematch of the 2020 race, when Biden narrowly ousted Trump from the White House.

But a lot has changed since the last two clashed. Trump has faced a flurry of legal inquiries surrounding his alleged attempts to thwart his defeat, and both men are under investigation for storing classified documents in their private residences. Biden’s presidential tenure has also been marred by economic concerns, weighing on his approval rating, though it has risen in recent months.

The poll found that amid these controversies, the two parties yearn for different candidates, but more voters overall would be unhappy with a Biden win.

Above are photographs of President Joe Biden speaking in Philadelphia on February 3 and former President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2022. A new poll released by The Washington Post and ABC News has revealed that if voters want alternative candidates to run for president in 2024, more Americans would be unhappy with a Biden victory than Trump returning to the White House.
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Fifty-six percent of those polled said they would react negatively if Trump won the 2024 election, while just 43% said they would be happy with a Trump victory, according to the poll.

However, 62% of poll respondents said they would react negatively to a Biden victory, while only 36% said they would react positively to Biden returning to the White House for a second term.

The poll also found that the majority of both parties would be willing to support a candidate other than Biden or Trump in their respective presidential primaries.

Fifty-eight percent of Democrats said they would prefer the party nominate someone other than Biden in the general election, while only 31 said the party should nominate the incumbent president. Although Biden highlighted a number of legislative victories, including increases in infrastructure spending and the Cut Inflation Act, concerns over his age and approval rating continued to fuel fears among Democrats about his eligibility in 2024.

Meanwhile, a slim majority of Republicans, 49%, would prefer the party nominate a candidate other than Trump. Forty-seven percent said they think the GOP should support the former president. This is a notable change from September, when a slim majority of Republican voters said Trump should be the 2024 nominee.

The poll found Trump holding a narrow lead over Biden in the general election. Forty-eight percent of those polled said they planned to vote for Trump, while 44% said they would support Biden. The poll surveyed 1,003 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Biden and Trump remain frontrunners despite dwindling poll numbers

Despite an apparent lack of enthusiasm from both parties, no credible candidate has announced major challenges to Biden or Trump.

On the Democratic side, the main potential challengers have already said they would step down if Biden chooses to run again – and he has repeatedly indicated that he would like to do so, although he has not yet officially announced. a re-election campaign. If the leading candidates are looking to the Biden primary, polls show Biden remains the favorite to win a crowded primary.

But Trump could face some far-reaching challenges.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has led polls against Trump and is seen as the Republican Party’s top potential challenger. Former United Nations Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has also publicly raised the possibility of a presidential campaign, although polls show she would face an uphill battle.

Newsweek contacted the White House and political analysts for comment.


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