In a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are neck and neck among voters, with Trump receiving 40 percent support and Biden close behind at 39 percent.
Additional polls show South Carolina Senate Republican Tim Scott beating Joe Biden by two percentage points and Nikki Haley, former UN Ambassador, beating Biden 49-43 in a head-to-head match for the 2024 presidency.
However, they both trail GOP favorite Donald Trump by a large margin.
Should third-party candidates be removed from consideration, both Trump and Biden are tied at 46 percent. Interestingly, a significant 17 percent of respondents remained undecided.
The poll, taken between August 24 and 30, had 1,500 American voters participate and had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster who collaborated on the survey with Democrat pollster Michael Bocian, expressed surprise at the close contest, especially in light of Trump’s legal challenges. Fabrizio commented on the unexpected nature of these results, suggesting it’s a testament to the current unpredictable political landscape.
Additionally, the poll highlighted Trump’s strong standing within the Republican party. He remains the primary choice for 59 percent of GOP voters, marking an 11 percent increase since April.
His lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has grown considerably at 46 percentage points. DeSantis holds a mere 13 percent, positioning him just slightly ahead of other Republican contenders.
In the poll, many contenders in the packed Republican presidential race struggled to reach a two-digit support figure. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley trailed DeSantis, securing the preference of 8 percent of GOP primary voters. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie followed with 5 percent and 3 percent support, respectively.
Almost fifty percent of those responding to a poll show that voters considered any Republican would do a better job as president than President Joe Biden.
It’s worth noting that this GOP primary-focused poll has a margin of error of up to 4 percentage points. Meanwhile, other poll aspects, such as the hypothetical Trump-Biden face-off, held a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.