Polls on Biden vs. Trump show it’s still anyone’s race – Polls that are asking American voters to pick between president Joe Biden and former chief executive Donald Trump are continuing to show mixed results, showing either one edging out the other by narrow margins.
A new poll by the CNBC All-America Economic Survey showed the president behind Trump by only 4 percentage points. Head-to-head, Trump edged out Biden, 46-42, with 12% of voters undecided.
America Doesn’t Like Joe Biden
However, what’s more telling – and should be a point of concern for the Biden campaign – is the president’s continued dismal approval ratings. The CNBC poll shows Biden with a 58% disapproval rating, with only 37% or respondents saying that they are okay with the president’s job performance.
Bidenomics is also proving to be unpopular with the majority of Americans, with a significant 63% majority of respondents saying Biden is doing poorly in managing the economy – as opposed to the 32% who say they’re okay with the president’s economic initiatives. Furthermore, Biden is also polling badly in terms of the government’s foreign policy, with disapproval and approval percentages standing at 60% and 31%, respectively.
However, not all polls are showing a Biden loss – ironically, a new Fox News poll shows Biden inching out a very narrow 1 percentage point victory against Trump.
Also, the Fox News poll shows Biden losing to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by 2 percentage points. Against former South Carolina Governor and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Biden fares even poorer, losing by 4 percentage points.
Data from poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight show dissatisfaction for Biden and Trump still very close to each other. Trump has a dissatisfaction rating of 55.1%, while Biden has a disapproval rating of 53.8%.
The results of the polls underscore the uncertainty of the results of the election – especially in the Republican primaries – showing that it’s still anybody’s game. Candidates like Nikki Haley, who only months ago was trailing in the polls, is now close to overtaking DeSantis and is consistently beating Biden when pitted against him head-to-head in polls. The polls also reflect the general American sentiment that eschews the prospect of another presidential showdown between Biden and Trump – both of whom are saddled with ethical and legal baggage.
Biden has to deal with the repercussions of his son Hunter’s shady business deals and drug use, as well as an investigation of the discovery of classified documents in his private offices. Meanwhile, Trump is juggling multiple lawsuits and indictments, both at the federal and state levels.
Plus, there’s the issue of age – Trump is already 77, only three years younger than Biden’s very ripe old age of 80.
What’s more, the upcoming contests for national and state positions have been complicated by a number of factors, such as the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East, the continued disunity in Congress that could result in another government shutdown, the crisis at the U.S.’ southern border, the war in Ukraine, as well as alliances between Russia, China, and North Korea.
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.
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