According to a recent Marquette University poll, former President Donald Trump is ahead of President Joe Biden in a hypothetical general election race, particularly among independents. The survey, which was published on Thursday, indicates that Trump has a 42 percent to 40 percent lead over Biden among registered voters. Additionally, 15 percent of respondents would support another candidate, and 2 percent would choose not to vote.
When those who preferred another candidate or were undecided were asked to lean towards either Trump or Biden, the overall support for Trump increased to 52 percent, while Biden’s support rose to 48 percent.
Among independents, with leaners included, Trump outperforms Biden, securing 54 percent compared to Biden’s 46 percent. In the Republican presidential primary, Trump dominates with 54 percent support. His closest competitors, former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), both tie at twelve percent. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy follows closely at four percent. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who has currently suspended his candidacy, receives two percent, and former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) gets one percent. Sixteen percent of respondents remain undecided.
The poll also tested hypothetical head-to-head match-ups between Haley, DeSantis, and Trump in the Republican primary. Both Haley and DeSantis performed poorly against Trump, with the 45th president receiving 64 percent of support against DeSantis’s 36 percent, and 69 percent support against Haley’s 31 percent.
However, if either Haley or DeSantis were to become the GOP nominee, they demonstrate varying levels of competitiveness against Biden. In a hypothetical race, Biden leads DeSantis at 42 percent to 38 percent, but when leaners are included, DeSantis takes a slight lead at 51 percent to 49 percent. Haley, on the other hand, leads Biden by 55 percent to 45 percent with leaners included and by 41 percent to 38 percent without leaners.
The poll also shows that Biden’s approval rating is significantly low, with 40 percent of respondents giving his performance positive marks while 60 percent provide negative feedback.