A new poll from McLaughlin & Associates puts former President Donald Trump ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris in a hypothetical match-up for the White House in 2024.
Many on both the right and left expect President Joe Biden to step down after his current term. If he does make such a move, it would put the Democratic Party in a difficult position: fall in line behind Harris, who was unpopular during her 2020 primary bid, or make way for any other candidates they may be able to dredge up for the role.
Now, the situation looks even grimmer for Dems, as the McLaughlin & Associates poll shows Harris has an incredibly weak standing among American voters. Meanwhile, Trump’s popularity is soaring.
According to Breitbart, a full 49% of respondents to the survey declared they’d support Trump if he ran against Harris for president again in 2024, while 45% said they’d back the current VP.
The real killer for Democrats: the poll also found that 49% of independent voters would back Trump — a figure that would effectively cement his potential victory, if it panned out.
Another interesting tidbit of data to come from the poll is the sheer number of voters who think Harris may find herself in the Oval Office even before the 2024 election. Asked if they thought Harris would ascend to the presidency before Biden’s term is up, 64% of respondents — nearly two-thirds — said yes, according to Breitbart.
But is it really all that surprising? After all, Biden is 78 and the oldest American ever elected as president. It makes sense that voters would be wary in such a scenario, but it still leaves Democrats between a rock and a hard place.
No matter what happens during his presidency, Biden likely won’t run again in 2024, and his protege is proving to be less and less popular with Americans. Harris’ performance as vice president has been abysmal in the eyes of pundits, and the little positive press she once got is long gone.
Trump looks ahead
Meanwhile, former President Trump has done his best to keep his name in the headlines in the months since he left Washington — and it seems to be paying off. Trump maintains a strong hold on Republican voters, according to recent polling, and his endorsements in political races nationwide continue to be coveted by Republican candidates.
In his latest statement directly to supporters, Trump lamented that an investigation into his corporate organization out of New York state has been converted to a criminal probe. “There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime. But, make no mistake, that is exactly what is happening here,” the former president said.
While Trump should and no doubt will fight it with his best efforts, the probe certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting his popularity with voters.
As Americans look to 2024, the former president clearly remains a very viable contender. The only question is: will he run?