CV NEWS FEED // A CBS News/YouGov poll found that all three remaining major Republican nomination candidates are leading President Joe Biden in a hypothetical November general election matchup.
The poll published last week showed the sitting president trailing former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former Ambassador Nikki Haley among likely voters.
Haley led Biden by eight points, 53% to 45% – a margin greater than in Barack Obama’s 2008 victory over John McCain. DeSantis led Biden by three points, 51% to 48%.
When the poll asked respondents to select between Trump and Biden – the most likely general election matchup – Trump came out on top by the slightly smaller margin of 50% to 48%.
Only Haley’s lead was greater than the poll’s 3.1% margin of error.
The two points separating the two odds-on major party frontrunners is consistent with a Reuters poll from last month. The poll also showed Trump with a two-point lead over Biden, 38% to 36%, with the remaining 26% of respondents selecting “All others/Don’t know.”
While the incumbent Democratic president has suffered through low approval ratings for the last few years he has been in office, his popularity has reportedly fallen to record lows.
According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll posted Sunday, only 33% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, FOX News reported. This is down from his 37% approval rating as measured by a Gallup poll a few months ago.
FOX indicated that Biden’s current dismal approval rating makes him the least popular president since George W. Bush in 2008 during the height of the Great Recession and the financial crisis, and the fallout over the Iraq War and the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
Trump’s lowest recorded approval rating during his entire four-year term was 36% – three points higher than Biden’s present score.
Journalist Joe Concha pointed out that Biden is polling in the 20s among independents and “hemorrhaging support from Black and Hispanic voters.”
“No president has won re-election with approval below 40%,” Concha told FOX News. “Biden is currently at 33% overall.”
The Daily Wire indicated that the country’s poor economic outlook does not bode well for Biden’s chances of winning a second term:
Only 21% of voters think they would be better off financially with Biden in office, and more than a third of Democrats even say that having a strong economy is a more significant concern than having a functioning democracy.
Although Biden is presently at a disadvantage in hypothetical matchups with the three Republican contenders, virtually all observers agree that barring an unexpected development, he is almost certain to face Trump in November’s general election.
On Monday night, Trump won the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses with a clear majority of the vote. The former president finished with 51.0% of the vote – nearly a full 30 points ahead of DeSantis, who came in second with 21.3%. Haley claimed third place with 19.1% of support.
In the process, Trump carried 98 of the state’s 99 counties. He only lost the deep-blue Johnson County, where Haley edged him out by a single vote.
After the results in the Hawkeye State became clear, Biden’s camp openly acknowledged their likelihood of heading to a rematch of the 2020 Election.
“Looks like Donald Trump just won Iowa,” the president’s account wrote on X (formerly Twitter) Monday at 11:20 pm ET. “He’s the clear front runner on the other side at this point.”
The winner of U.S. presidential elections is determined through the electoral college vote, and not the popular vote. Therefore, it is possible for a candidate to win the presidency while getting fewer votes than his or her opponents.
This has happened five times in American history, the most recent being Trump’s victory in the 2016 Election over Hillary Clinton.