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April 13, 2023
Voters favored former President Donald Trump over President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup, an Emerson College survey released this week found.
The national survey, taken August 30 to September 1, 2021, among 1,200 registered voters, presented respondents with a series of hypothetic 2024 matchups. The former president slightly edges out Biden in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, 47 percent to 46 percent.
The survey also presented respondents with a head-to-head contest between Biden and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). In that scenario, Biden takes a commanding lead, 42 percent to Romney’s 23 percent. Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) did better than Romney, coming within 12 points of the president, but neither candidate performed as well as Trump. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 2.7 percent.
“Historically, this data reminds me 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,” Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson College Polling, said in a statement. “This data suggests that Republicans want either Trump or a Trumpian candidate to be their nominee, or half of them may split from the party,” he added.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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