A new poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) puts former President Donald Trump ahead of President Joe Biden in a general election.
“Unhappiness with Biden is pervasive in the new survey,” said Aaron Zitner, writing for the WSJ. “Only 23% of voters say Biden’s policies have helped them personally, while 53% say they have been hurt by the president’s agenda.”
This poll marks a new low for Biden’s approval rating when pitted against Trump, who will most likely be the Republican nominee based on polling for the Republican primary.
The new poll saw 47 percent of respondents supporting Trump compared with only 43 percent who would vote for Biden if only those candidates were to appear on the 2024 ballot.
Trump’s lead expanded when independent candidates were factored in.
Trump received 37 percent compared with Biden’s 31 percent.
Prominent independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. received only eight percent of the vote according to the poll.
The WSJ poll revealed that 61 percent of voters have a negative view of Biden’s overall image.
The WSJ speculates that some respondents who were displeased with Biden might return to vote for him when the election actually arrives.
A former advisor in the Obama Administration, David Axelrod, sees the recent poll numbers as a very bad sign for Biden’s re-election effort.
The most recent Republican polls place Trump between 46-50 percentage points over his closest competitor, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.