Former President Donald Trump, who has faced indictment four times this year, finds himself in a neck-and-neck race with President Joe Biden in hypothetical rematch polls. The Real Clear Politics poll averages for a potential Trump-Biden rematch indicate a dead heat, with both candidates garnering 44.7% and 44.0%, respectively.
This marks a significant upswing for Trump, who trailed Biden by an average of 5.4 percentage points in polls conducted earlier in August. Trump’s comeback is noteworthy given his ongoing legal entanglements, where he remains under scrutiny for his business dealings and his alleged role in the events of the January 6 Capitol riot.
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ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos expressed his shock, saying, “It is kind of shocking in a way that despite all of the baggage that Donald Trump carries, he’s tied with Joe Biden right now.” The polls also reveal that two-thirds of Democrats believe Biden is too old for a re-election bid.
Furthermore, voters express strong disapproval of Biden’s handling of key issues such as the economy, inflation, border security, and relations with China. Conversely, Trump surpasses Biden in areas such as being “mentally up for the job,” having “a vision for the future,” and boasting “a strong record of accomplishments as president.”
Biden, on the other hand, scores better on attributes like honesty and being “a likable person.”
Trump’s resurgent polling numbers have set off alarm bells among both Democrats and Republicans. Stephanopoulos noted, “With every passing month, with every new indictment, Donald Trump seems to be consolidating his control over the Republican Party.”
Former Democratic Party Chair Donna Brazile expressed her concerns, saying, “How is it possible that Donald Trump, who is facing multiple legal challenges, is still leading in the polls?”
Even Trump’s closest GOP contender, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), witnessed a surge in poll numbers, who is now at 14.8% and the only other Republican candidate in double digits.
While the latest polls indicate a tight race for a potential Trump-Biden rematch in 2024, it is still too early to definitively announce a victor. In the coming months, political analysts and pundits will closely monitor the evolving dynamics of this high-stakes rematch, while the nation’s future hangs in the balance.