Tight race between Trump, Biden with RFK, Cornel West independent bids threatening both candidacies

Former President Trump and President Biden are tied in a hypothetical 2024 matchup but are both facing potential threats to their candidacies from independent presidential bids, a new poll has found.

According to the Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Monday, 37% of registered voters said they would support Biden and 36% said they would support Trump. However, independent presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Cornel West also garnered significant support — 13% and 4% respectively.

The support for Kennedy came largely from independent voters (23%), but he also drew large chunks of support from Republicans (9%) and Democrats (7%). West did the same with Democrats (6%) and independents (5%), as well as 2% of Republicans.

When asked who would be their second choice for president, a plurality of voters (36%) said they were undecided, but Kennedy garnered the most of any candidate at 26%. He was followed by West at 16%, Trump at 6% and Biden at 5%.

A large portion of voters also expressed interest in a potential No Labels bipartisan presidential ticket with 26% saying they would seriously consider voting for it and 41% saying they would not. Others (23%) said it would depend on which candidates made up the ticket, and 9% were undecided. A strong majority said they either disapproved (15%) or strongly disapproved (41%) of Biden’s job performance. Just 27% said they approved and 13% that they strongly approved.

Vice President Kamala Harris got similar negative ratings when voters were asked about her favorability. Most said they viewed her unfavorably (53%) rather than favorably (33%), and 12% were undecided.

Voters’ views of the Senate fared slightly better than of the House of Representatives, with 36% holding a favorable view of the former, and 24% of the latter. 42% held an unfavorable view of the Senate, but 54% held an unfavorable view of the House. 22% were undecided toward both.

Concerning confidence that government officials in Congress and the USA White House could handle that challenges facing the nation, a meager 4% had a lot of confidence and 32% had some confidence. An overwhelming number of voters said they had either very little confidence (34%) or none at all (27%).

A whopping 71% said they felt the country was on the wrong track while just 17% said it was heading in the right direction. 12% were undecided.

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