Americans are more sure of who they don’t support in the 2024 race than who they support: poll

(The Hill) – The results of a new poll indicate that American voters are more determined who they don’t support in the 2024 presidential race than who they do support.

A Monmouth University poll, released Thursday, tested Democratic President Biden against former Republican President Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in hypothetical matchups. DeSantis officially joined Trump and Biden in the race this week, but Pence has yet to declare his candidacy.

The poll found in each guess that between 44 and 46 percent of voters said they would “definitely” not support Biden, and between 7 and 8 percent said they would “probably” not vote for him.

About a third of likely voters said they would definitely vote for Biden over Trump and DeSantis — 32 and 31 percent, respectively. Twenty-seven percent say they will definitely support him against Pence.

Against Biden, 46% of voters say they definitely won’t vote for Trump, and 29% say they definitely will.

Forty-one percent of voters say they definitely won’t support DeSantis against Biden, and 26% say they definitely will. And 36% say they definitely won’t vote for Pence against Biden, while 18% say they definitely will.

“Negative opinion can be hard to change, and when it does it tends to go in the wrong direction for the candidate,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, in the latest press release. “That’s not to say those views won’t change over the next year and a half, but these results show just how few voters really stand to gain in our hyper-partisan political environment.”

The GOP presidential primary field has grown more crowded in recent weeks with the entries of DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) into the race, joining Trump, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

Trump continued to vote in front of a hypothetical GOP primary. But, now that Biden has launched his long-awaited re-election bid, the race could be gearing up for a rematch of the pair’s 2020 contest – although some polls have indicated low enthusiasm for either of them securing a another term in the White House.

Conducted May 18-23, the recent poll surveyed 907 registered voters and the results have a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.


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