(Casey Harper, The Center Square) Former President Donald Trump would defeat President Joe Biden by nearly 10 points in a head-to-head general election matchup, a newly released poll shows.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was done in conjunction with Langer Research Associates and found that in a hypothetical 2024 matchup, Biden has 42% support compared to Trump’s 51% support.
“Joe Biden’s job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for handling the economy and immigration are at career lows, a record number of Americans say they’ve gotten worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he’s too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect—all severe challenges for Biden in his re-election campaign ahead,” the group said in a news release.
The survey found 62% of Democrats say the party should pick someone other than Biden as their nominee.
“Among the 62 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who oppose Biden for the nomination, 16 percent say they’d vote for Trump over Biden,” Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates said in his analysis.
Trump, who maintains a healthy lead over his Republican primary challengers, has slightly improved in his support while Biden has slightly declined, according to the poll.
Trump faces an array of state and federal charges with expected court dates to interrupt his campaigning in 2024. Biden faces an impeachment inquiry and ongoing questions about his son Hunter’s overseas business dealings and just how much the president was involved.
The developments in all of those cases will likely significantly impact the race.
The survey queried more than 1,000 adults in September with a margin of error of 3.5%.