A new poll that includes responses from the past few days shows improving numbers for Donald Trump in several areas, including favorability rating and likelihood of defeating President Biden in a 2024 rerun.
A Harvard Capps Harris poll conducted between Jan. 18 and 19 shows that in a hypothetical matchup between Trump and Biden, the former president comes out on top 46% to 41%.
A Morning Consult poll just last week showed the president beating Trump by three percentage points. However, that poll suggests that Trump’s favorability rating is actually improving, keeping up with Harvard’s numbers.
According to the new numbers, Trump has a 45% favorability rating, and even though he remains slightly underwater (-3 points), it’s significantly better than Biden’s ratings, who are down 14 points.
Trump, in fact, is now viewed more favorably than Biden, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (-16) and Nancy Pelosi (-18), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (-25).
This makes it all the more puzzling why Trump receives overwhelmingly more negative media coverage than any other figure who is looked down upon more by the American people.
🇺🇲 2024 Presidential Election Poll:
(R) Trump: 46% (+5)
(D) Biden: 41%
(R) Trump: 48% (+8)
(d) Harris: 40%
(R) DeSantis: 42% (+3)
(D) Biden: 39%
(R) DeSantis: 43% (+3)
(d) Harris: 40%
Harvard/Harris | January 18-19 | 2,050 RVhttps://t.co/b6wspC6HMh pic.twitter.com/x5hRdiJMc9
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) January 22, 2023
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Trump tops Biden in 2024 poll
A new Harvard poll shows disastrous numbers across the board for President Biden, but aside from that, Republicans didn’t equal votes in the polls while his numbers were equally dismal.
However, they are worth noting.
Six in ten voters say the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Despite White House officials telling the American people how great the economy is, 66% say it’s on the wrong track, up from the last poll. Trump, by contrast, had numbers that he said were consistently on the right track in the 60-70% range prior to the pandemic.
A majority (54%) of Americans view their personal financial situation as worsening.
And, Biden’s approval rating is below 50% in every major category, including the economy, terrorism, immigration, crime and the fight against inflation.
Perhaps even worse, only 41% think the president is mentally fit to serve in the White House, while 59% say they “have doubts about his fitness.”
Most Americans say the economy is “weak” and that their financial situation is actively “getting worse,” according to a recent Harvard-Harris poll.
Because Americans were poor when Biden took office after losing thousands of dollars to bidenflation.
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) January 13, 2023
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Trump or DeSantis
So, we get it. Biden has failed. Across the board he has let down the American people, including the wide-eyed optimists who voted for him. But who is best positioned to dethrone him in 2024?
This new survey shows another trend that is consistent. It is true that Trump is an overwhelming favorite among Republican voters.
A Morning Consult poll showed Trump leading his closest potential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by 17 points.
The Harvard poll has Trump ahead of DeSantis by 20 points, former Vice President Mike Pence by 41 points and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley by 45 points.
As The Political Insider reported last week, Haley has made it clear that she is likely to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination.
‘I can be that leader’: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley hints at 2024 presidential run in exclusive interview with Brett Baier pic.twitter.com/KAa7qnjzgl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2023
“I’ve never lost a race,” Haley said of the potential run. “I said it then, I say it now. I will not lose now. “
These figures make it look like Haley has very little chance of defeating Trump or DeSantis.
Trump polling well in a hypothetical matchup with Biden is slightly different than the Morning Consult poll shows. In the end, Trump didn’t beat Biden, but DeSantis did.
“Trump’s done! Trump’s done! We need Ron DeSantis to win! “Whoah! What? Trump beat Biden and Harris, and beat both by a greater margin than DeSantis in the new Harvard Harris poll. https://t.co/PCdvC47dC5
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) January 23, 2023
Political Insider reported in November that DeSantis was telling donors he was “reevaluating” plans to launch a presidential campaign in 2024.
So far, Trump is the only candidate to officially announce a campaign.
He has posted several campaign videos, one urging Congress to investigate the FBI’s role in using Twitter to control information and control elections, another announcing a free speech policy platform that seeks to ‘cut down and destroy’ left-wing censorship.
This survey suggests that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
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