New Poll: Bad News for Biden, Good News for Trump
Biden’s approval ratings slip. It’s still way too early to read much into polls about the 2024 elections. But as far as early election opinions go, the picture can’t be comforting for Democrats. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted between April 28 and May 3 finds that only 18 percent of those surveyed “strongly” approve of how Joe Biden is handling the presidency, with another 18 percent saying they “somewhat” approve.
This 36 percent approval rating is down from 52 percent in April 2021 and 42 percent in April 2022. Biden’s approval rating also stood at 42 percent back in February of this year.
Meanwhile, a net 56 percent somewhat or strongly disapprove of the job Biden is doing.
“This poll is just brutal for President Biden,” ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos said.
One shouldn’t put much stock in a single poll, especially not this far out from the actual election. But it’s an interesting snapshot of the current mood surrounding both Biden and former President Donald Trump.
When asked whether Biden or Trump has done “a better job handling the economy,” 54 percent said Trump and just 36 percent said Biden.
And when people were asked if they would vote for Biden or Trump in 2024, Trump enjoyed a slight advantage: Thirty-six percent said they would definitely vote for Trump and an additional 9 percent said they probably would, while 32 percent said they would definitely vote for Biden and 6 percent said they probably would. (Twelve percent said they were undecided, 3 percent said “neither,” 1 percent said “someone else,” and 1 percent said they would not vote.)
While I don’t take too much stock in polls at this time, these numbers are striking.
Democrats, it would appear, have a Biden problem. https://t.co/MUOg2g8Jsq
— Alyssa Farah Griffin (@Alyssafarah) May 8, 2023
Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters were asked if they would like the Democratic Party to nominate Biden to run for a second term as president in 2024 or another candidate. Just 36 percent said Biden, while 58 percent said someone else.
The obvious choice for “someone else” might be Vice President Kamala Harris. But no one can really make a case for a President Kamala Harris, whose vice presidency has been as underwhelming and filled with weird missteps as her failed 2020 presidential bid.
On the GOP side, Trump is pulling further ahead of potential primary competitors. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, 43 percent were in favor of the party nominating Trump as its 2024 candidate, compared to just 20 percent who said the Republican Party should nominate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. No other candidate or potential candidate garnered more than 2 percent support, although many conservative respondents (27 percent) said they had no opinion.
The poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,006 U.S. adults, and the results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the total sample and 5.5 points for just Republicans or just Democrats.
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