Former President Donald Trump’s many critics in the mainstream media frequently dismissed him as a perennially unpopular politician, but it appears his appeal has only continued to grow since he left office in January.
In fact, a new Emerson College survey showed that Trump comes out ahead in a hypothetical 2024 matchup against President Joe Biden.
Trump finds gains against Biden
This is just the latest evidence that the Biden administration is facing sagging approval ratings and decreased confidence — even among many of the voters who helped him win in November.
As for the Emerson College poll, Trump received the support of 47% of respondents, one point more than Biden.
The latest evidence seems to cast doubt on the forecast of many Democrats that Trump’s political future was effectively over when Biden was sworn into office.
Instead, it is Biden who appears to have ushered in a string of blunders and failed policies, thus reinvigorating Trump’s partisan clout. Not only did Trump warn Americans against electing Biden, many voters now seem to believe he is the man to help reverse course.
The same survey found that GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been named as someone likely to inherit the Trump mantle, did not perform nearly as well as the former president.
Biden numbers could doom Democrats
Emerson College Polling Director Spencer Kimball offered his thoughts from a historical perspective, noting that it reminds him “of 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt failed to win the Republican nomination from then-President Taft and created a third party dooming the Republican chances against Woodrow Wilson.”
With next year’s midterm elections approaching, some Democrats might already be panicking as Biden sets the party up for electoral defeats.
If the president has an uphill battle for a second term, Democrats in swing districts surely see a narrowing path to victory.
At the current pace, it appears that the Republican Party’s defeats in the 2020 election cycle could be wiped away with the future looking bright for Trump and the GOP as a whole.