Poll show DeSantis beating Biden by a wide margin

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly hinted about running for another term in 2024. Yet even if he stays out of the race, polling data shows that there’s another candidate who can beat his successor.

According to a survey published this past Thursday, President Joe Biden would lose in a hypothetical match-up against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The poll found voters favor DeSantis over Biden by a wide margin

Carried out between April 28 and May 2, 2022, the poll was conducted by Rasmussen Reports and sponsored by the Heartland Institute.

It found that 46% of voters would back DeSantis compared with just 35% who would cast a ballot vote for Biden. Meanwhile, another 11% said they would vote for “someone else.”

In addition to DeSantis getting support from the overwhelming majority of Republicans, the poll reported that independent voters would break for him by a 16-point margin.

Whereas 47% of voters who do not affiliate with either major party indicated a preference for DeSantis, only 27% said they would vote for Biden. Nineteen percent expressed an interest in voting for another unnamed candidate.

However, although the poll found substantial support for DeSantis, it still showed Trump performing even better. When given a choice between Biden and the former president, 50% favored Trump compared with 36% who favored Biden.

Traditionally Democratic constituencies do not want Biden to seek a second term

What’s more, the survey showed that a substantial number of Americans do not want Biden to seek a second term at all, and they include large segments of traditionally Democratic groups.

“While 64% of black voters said they have a favorable opinion of Biden, only 39% want him to run for re-election,” the Heartland Institute was quoted as saying in its poll analysis.

“Among Hispanics, just 43% have a favorable opinion and only 31% want him to run in the 2024 presidential election,” the analysis continued.

What’s more, it pointed out that “[w]omen voters – a key to Biden’s 2020 victory – have soured on the president, with only 26% wanting him to run again.”

The organization concluded by noting how “[a]gainst either prospective Republican presidential candidate, Biden did not gain majority support for re-election among likely voters overall in any racial, gender, or economic demographic.”

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