Although the next presidential election is still three years away, former President Donald Trump has already started dropping hints that he’s interested in getting his old job back.
This week, a new poll was released that suggests beating Joe Biden at the ballot box the second time around may prove easier for Trump to pull off than many of his critics believe.
According to the Washington Examiner, a survey published by the Des Moines Register found that voters in Iowa prefer Trump to President Biden by a margin of 11 points.
Trump gains in popularity, poll shows
Carried out by Selzer & Co. between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, the survey found that 51% of likely 2024 voters would cast a ballot for the former president, compared to just 40% who would back his successor.
Meanwhile, 4% of participants said they would not vote for either of the candidates, and another 5% said they were uncertain.
Those numbers represent an improvement over Trump’s results in last year’s presidential race, when he managed to carry Iowa by an 8-point margin, according to the Examiner.
The Register itself covered an earlier poll, taken in September, that found Trump has become more popular in Iowa since leaving office, even as Biden’s approval rating has plummeted.
Surveys: Americans don’t want Biden
Of course, Iowa is far from being the only place where the current president is getting bad news. Fox News reported last week that a Suffolk University poll gave Biden a national approval rating of just 37.8%.
It also found that 59% of voters say they disapprove of the president’s job performance, while 64% would prefer that he not run for a second term.
The only somewhat good news for Biden is that he isn’t as badly regarded as Vice President Kamala Harris. The survey showed her approval rating at a mere 27.8%.
Former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has long been a close friend of Biden, and even he has expressed uncertainty over whether the president will be in the 2024 race.
“I’m hoping the president runs for re-election,” Dodd said Sunday, according to Fox News. But with downright dismal numbers like these, that’s anything but certain.