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If President Joe Biden’s objective is to grind down his chief 2024 political rival with the electorate by inundating him with indictments, it’s a strategy that isn’t working.
According to a new YouGov/Yahoo News poll, Biden and Trump are now tied at 44 percent among registered voters, with 7 percent undecided and 4 percent not voting. This suggests that support for Biden has dwindled as Trump’s support has gradually increased — in the midst of four criminal indictments, The Hill reported.
The previous poll, conducted by YouGov/Yahoo News last month, found Biden to have a slight lead over Trump, with the current president polling at 47 percent to the former president’s 41 percent. Now, as questions about Biden’s age swirl and House Republicans prepare to launch an impeachment investigation, the president faces even more obstacles as he approaches 2024.
According to the survey results, 77 percent of Americans consider Biden’s age to be a minor or major issue, while 64 percent believe the same of Trump. Americans also believe Biden is less qualified to serve in office than Trump, with only 27% believing he can serve another term.
The poll also found that Biden’s approval rating was 38 percent, slightly higher than its all-time low of 35 percent in August 2022. Despite positive economic indicators, only 34% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the situation.
Trump has a load of legal problems to deal with, but he also has a massive amount of support among the American electorate.
In fact, according to one pollster, the amount of support given what he’s dealing with is “truly unprecedented.”
Polling experts who spoke to The Daily Caller last month claimed that Trump’s commanding lead in most surveys is so overwhelming that it must be disheartening for the rest of the GOP contenders.
The outlet noted that the current Republican primary cycle is unlike any other, with a former president leading the race, holding a substantial advantage in the polls, and facing competition from his former vice president. Additionally, Trump carries the weight of two federal indictments.
Polling analysts interviewed by the DC emphasized the significant contrast between this current GOP primary season and previous cycles, arguing that it is challenging to draw direct comparisons in recent memory.
“This GOP primary is truly unprecedented because Trump is not technically an incumbent, but Republican voters seem to be treating him as at least a quasi-incumbent,” Kyle Kondik, a polling analyst and managing editor for the nonpartisan Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told the outlet.
“This primary is similar to 2016 in the sense that the field is large, meaning that it’ll be hard for a non-Trump to consolidate the non-Trump supporters,” he noted further.
Kondik noted further that Trump’s legal challenges have also revealed a “unique” aspect to the current primary season. His indictments could eventually generate “fatigue” within GOP voting ranks resulting in polling declines, but the expert added that he doesn’t see that happening currently.
Jon McHenry, a vice president at North Star Opinion Research and a GOP polling analyst, underscored the extraordinary nature of the Republican primary by emphasizing that Trump’s impact on reshaping the party, coupled with his indictment by the Manhattan district attorney, has played a substantial role in the former president’s impressive standing in the polls.
“This really is a unique cycle, at least since we’ve used primaries and caucuses as the primary vehicle to nominate our presidential candidates. In that time, we haven’t had an incumbent president lose a reelection and run again, much less lead in the polls,” McHenry told the outlet.
“President Trump’s lead right now is in part a testament to the extent to which he reshaped the party from a conservative party to a populist party,” he told the Daily Caller.
“With the New York charges, in particular, being seen as politically motivated and questionable legally — with a very different context than holding top secret documents in an unsecure location — the Republicans who might have been ready to move on to a fresh face have at least, for now, rallied back to the former president,” he said.
Nathan Klein, a pollster for OnMessage Inc., told the outlet: “Is there a comparable election? Nope. And that’s fine. The one thing Americans, and especially the GOP primary electorate, don’t want is to do things the way they have been done.”