Biden Spirals as Trump Ticks Up
In a striking revelation, a recent poll indicates a neck-and-neck race for the 2024 presidency, with current President Biden and former President Trump each securing 37 percent support among potential voters. This close contest, revealed in the Suffolk University/USA TODAY survey, involved 1,000 registered U.S. voters, each casting their hypothetical ballot in a four-way race that also includes independents Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West.
The survey details show an incredibly tight race: Biden received support from 366 individuals (36.6 percent), while Trump was right behind with 365 backers (36.5 percent). Notably, Kennedy, who shifted gears from seeking the Democratic nomination to an independent run, garnered 13 percent support. Meanwhile, West, also stepping away from traditional party lines, captured the allegiance of 4 percent of respondents. The remaining participants were split, with 8 percent undecided and 2 percent choosing not to disclose their preference.
This poll underscores the significant impact independent candidates could have on the 2024 presidential outcome. Both Kennedy and Biden have been vocal about their commitment to the middle class, though their paths diverge on issues like foreign policy. Kennedy’s non-interventionist foreign policy views and his public skepticism about vaccines have found favor among some Trump supporters.
This crossover appeal is evident in the poll’s findings, with a substantial portion of Kennedy’s supporters indicating they would otherwise lean towards Trump, highlighting the potential for these independent runs to dramatically alter the traditional voting landscape.
The data, collected through live phone interviews from October 17 to 20, comes with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, emphasizing the precarious balance in this hypothetical presidential race.