In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead in the Republican nomination race, with an impressive 47% support, leaving Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trailing at 19% in second place.
Trump’s popularity has only grown stronger since the previous poll, where he stood at 43%. The rise of Vivek Ramaswamy to third place, with 9% support, nudged former Vice President Mike Pence down to fourth with 7% backing.
On the Democratic side, President Biden continues to hold a robust 63% support, surpassing Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who stands at 15%.
In a hypothetical head-to-head showdown, Trump trails behind President Biden by a slim margin of 37% to 35%. However, a significant 28% of respondents expressed uncertainty, either opting for someone else or not voting at all.
The poll delved into the key issues that voters care about in the upcoming election. While the steady U.S. economy and voter concerns over threats to abortion rights work in Biden’s favor, voters also show receptivity to a range of culture-war issues raised by Republican rivals.
Biden’s economic record, dubbed “Bidenomics,” remains a pivotal campaign focus. A decline in inflation and reduced chances of a recession may weaken the Republicans’ most potent argument against the Democratic president.
The poll highlights the continued significance of the abortion issue, which favors Democrats. Concerns over the loss of abortion rights played a crucial role in last year’s congressional elections, and the majority of voters oppose presidential candidates who advocate harsh abortion restrictions.
Among independents, a staggering 73% expressed reluctance to support a candidate advocating for stringent abortion laws, compared to 27% who were more inclined. Moreover, 72% of suburban white women, a pivotal demographic, were less likely to back an anti-abortion candidate.
The RealClearPolitics average shows Biden narrowly leading Trump by 0.5% in head-to-head polls. While Trump insists he is winning by a large margin on Truth Social, the recent polls don’t entirely support that claim.
Recent polls, including Quinnipiac, Morning Consult, Economist/YouGov, and The Messenger/HarrisX, all depict varying levels of support for both candidates, with leads ranging from Biden’s 5 points to a tie.
It’s essential to remember that it is still early in the race, with the general election nearly a year and a half away and the Iowa caucuses almost six months from now.
Interestingly, a recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll raised concerns for both major candidates. A majority of Americans believe neither Trump nor Biden is “fit” for a second term as president. 55% stated that Biden is not fit, while 53% held the same view about Trump.
However, partisan differences play a significant role in shaping these opinions, as Trump voters were more likely to affirm his fitness (76%) than Biden voters were to endorse Biden’s (62%).
Overall, Biden maintains a 4-point lead (47% to 43%) over Trump among registered voters, aligning with last month’s Yahoo News/YouGov survey results.
As the political landscape evolves, these poll results provide intriguing insights into the current state of the race, while voters and candidates alike brace for the extensive journey towards the 2024 election.