Donald Trump would defeat Joe Biden in a re-match if the 2024 presidential election were held today, according to a new poll.
Trump leads Biden by four points in the McLaughlin & Associates survey, Breitbart reported.
Trump tops Biden
Trump leads Biden 48-44, with 8 percent undecided, the poll found. 34 percent would “definitely” support Trump and 33 percent said the same of Biden.
Significantly, Trump leads with independents by six points, 43-37. He also trounces vice president Kamala Harris by five points.
57 percent of Republican primary voters say they want Trump to run again in 2024, and 76 percent say they would support him for the nomination.
When primary voters are asked to rank Trump with other Republican candidates, he comes out ahead with 42 percent, followed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) at 26 percent.
Trump holding strong
The poll, which was taken from February 17 to February 23, was carried out by Trump’s longtime pollster John McLaughlin.
It’s just the latest data point that shows Trump overtaking Biden, whose popularity has been depressed by pessimism over the economy.
A recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll found Trump topping his rival by five points.
Trump is also the consistent frontrunner in the Republican primary, typically leading the field by double-digits. But DeSantis is widely seen as a formidable threat to Trump from the right, and a feud between the two has grown more contentious in recent days.
DeSantis visited the Republican stronghold of Staten Island, New York last week and he is releasing a memoir, strong hints that he is prepared to throw his hat in the ring.
Biden is also expected to declare a run in the coming days. Despite his unpopularity and age, Democrats have embraced the 80-year-old incumbent as the best candidate to defend the White House in 2024.
While Trump’s political prospects have been widely dismissed in recent months, some are warning the former president shouldn’t be underestimated.
“It’s the general consensus that Dems are content with Biden in a Trump rematch. But this poll undermines Biden’s central argument for re-nomination,” Democrat Julian Castro said of a recent Washington Post poll.
“Two years is forever and it’s just one poll, but if he’s faring this poorly after a string of wins, that should be worrisome.”