Latest Poll Spells Trouble for Biden: Trump Extends Lead to 6% With Six Months to Go

By: Georgia | Published: Apr 29, 2024

The political scene is heating up as former President Donald Trump pulls ahead of President Joe Biden by six points in a new CNN national poll. 

Nearly half of the polled voters are throwing their support behind Trump as the election drama unfolds this fall.

Crunching the Numbers

Currently, 49% of voters are rallying behind Trump for the 2024 election, while Biden trails at 43%.

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Trump’s support has remained stable since January, whereas Biden’s has slipped from 45%, showing a tightening race as the election approaches.

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More Candidates, More Choices

The poll shows that the election dynamics shift dramatically in a five-candidate scenario, where Biden’s support drops to just 33%. 

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Meanwhile, Trump leads with 42%. Newcomers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West also make notable entries, capturing 16% and 4% of the vote, respectively.

Approval Rating Comparison

According to a new Gallup poll, at this stage in his presidency, Trump boasted an approval rating of 46.8%, substantially higher than Biden’s current figures. 

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These Gallup numbers highlight a challenging narrative for Biden, who lags behind not only Trump but also Nixon and Carter at comparable points in their presidencies.

Biden Faces Mounting Disapproval

The CNN/SSRS poll also shows that a whopping 60% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s presidential performance. 

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This significant dissatisfaction could spell trouble for his re-election campaign as November approaches.

Trump Maintains Solid Base

Despite the ups and downs of political tides, Trump’s support seems rock solid. 

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Consistent findings from CNN/SSRS show him retaining around 49% of voter support in polls from both January 2024 and October 2023, suggesting a strong and unwavering base as he heads into the election stretch.

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A Tight Pre-Election Race

The Daily Mail reports that in August 2023 the polls showed Trump and Biden just a hair apart, 47% to 46%. 

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This razor-thin margin hints at a fiercely competitive race awaiting us, where every move and message could tip the scales.

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Ready for a Rematch

Both veterans of the 2020 showdown, Trump and Biden have secured the delegates needed for their party’s nomination.

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The upcoming election is set to be a rematch that some voters might be dreading according to various polls, yet it’s set to be one of the central narratives of this election cycle.

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The Battle Post-Conventions

After this summer’s conventions, the stage will be set for an intense electoral showdown.

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Both Trump and Biden will be gearing up to not just defend their records but to win over those still on the fence, making every campaign stop crucial.

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Unprecedented Unpopularity

Biden is navigating historically rough waters, with approval ratings lower than any president has had at this point when seeking re-election. 

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His ratings are among the lowest 12% of all presidential terms since 1945, highlighting the uphill battle he faces.

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Polls Aren't Set in Stone

With the election still over half a year away, there’s room for shifts in public opinion. 

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Biden has historically dismissed poor polling numbers, once remarking in 2022, “I don’t believe the polls.”

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The Road to November

As the election draws closer, every poll, debate, and headline becomes crucial.

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Questions remain: Can Biden regain momentum? Will Trump sustain his lead? The race is heating up, promising a dynamic lead-up to Election Day.

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