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On Thursday, during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” Fox News contributor Kellyanne Conway discussed the latest Fox News polls indicating that President Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to be low on critical issues such as the economy.
In addition, she also addressed the fact that a slim majority of Democratic primary voters expressed interest in seeing someone else as the party’s nominee for the 2024 presidential election.
“More Republicans want Joe Biden to run in 2024 than do Democrats. And I think that’s because Republicans are wise to the fact that we’re watching a crumbling presidency, a crumbling economy right before our eyes,” she said.
“So, Biden’s doing a little bit better on foreign policy anyway. He’s doing a little bit better overall. But his approval rating on the key issues that voters say are going to motivate them to the polls are really, very poor,” the former Trump campaign manager and top political adviser continued.
“On the economy, his approval rating is 35 percent. On border security, his approval rating is 36 percent. And among independents, that key and growing group all across this country, his approval rating in the Fox News poll is 35 percent,” she added.
“He’s got a net negative 30 percent approval rating, 65 percent disapproval, 35 percent approval among self-identified independents, which, of course, will decide who the next president is,” she noted further.
Trump initially got some good news this week following several days’ worth of negative coverage involving a then-potential indictment by the Manhattan grand jury.
The most recent national survey conducted by Fox News indicates that Trump is widening his lead in the Republican primary race. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is facing uncertainty among Democratic primary voters.
According to the survey released on Wednesday, Republican primary voters were presented with a list of 15 declared and potential candidates for the 2024 nomination. The results show that since February, Trump has doubled his lead and is now ahead of Ron DeSantis by 30 points (54%-24%). In comparison, the former President was only 15 points ahead of DeSantis last month (43%-28%).
“No one else hits double digits. Mike Pence comes in third with 6%, Liz Cheney and Nikki Haley receive 3% each, and Greg Abbott comes in at 2%. All others receive 1% support or less, and just 3% are unsure,” the network reported.
The survey reveals that Trump gained support among nearly every major demographic, except for white men holding a college degree, where DeSantis leads in this demographic by a margin of 12 points.
Within the subset of voters who supported Trump in the 2020 general election, 60% continue to support him in the Republican primary. Meanwhile, 25% back DeSantis, and 5% support Pence.
Regarding second choice preferences, Trump primary voters would select DeSantis, and DeSantis primary voters would reciprocate and choose Trump, Fox News noted regarding the survey results.
“The rumor that Trump is going to be indicted by the district attorney in Manhattan has helped him quite a bit among Republican primary voters,” Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts Fox News surveys with Democrat Chris Anderson, told the network. “They view the case as politically motivated, and it reanimates feelings that Trump is still fighting forces they see as corrupt and out of control.”
After the grand jury was dismissed earlier this week, Trump took to his Truth Social platform to make some statements.
“I have gained such respect for this grand jury, & perhaps even the grand jury system as a whole,” he said on Wednesday before the indictment was handed down.
“The evidence is so overwhelming in my favor, & so ridiculously bad for the highly partisan & hateful district attorney, that the grand jury is saying, hold on, we are not a rubber stamp, which most grand juries are branded as being, we are not going to vote against a preponderance of evidence or against large numbers of legal scholars all saying there is no case here. drop this sick witch hunt, now!” Trump added.