(NewsGlobal.com)- Not too long ago, Democratic voters weren’t too sure – to say the least – about whether they wanted to support President Joe Biden in a potential bid for re-election. At the same time, Republican voters seemed all-in on supporting Donald Trump to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024.
Now, though, it seems that sentiment is changing.
A recent national poll is suggesting that Biden is gaining more support among both Democrats and independent voters who lean Democrat. Half of this cohort of voters who were part of a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll said that liberals had a better chance of winning the 2024 presidential election with Biden as the party’s nominee. Only 45% of these respondents said that another candidate would have a better chance of winning the White House for Democrats.
That’s a significant shift in public opinion from only a few months ago, when Biden’s support was below 50% in the same poll.
In a news released that accompanied the results of the poll, Marist noted:
“This change in perception comes as Biden’s approval rating among Americans, overall, has inched up after his State of the Union Address.”
Biden, who is 80 years old, hasn’t officially announced whether he’ll seek re-election yet, but he’s widely expected to do so. There have been many rumblings that he may not be the best choice for Democrats, though the liberal party doesn’t have a lot of other solid alternatives.
Over on the Republican side of things, GOP voters and those independents who lean GOP in elections say they believe that a candidate other than Trump would give the Republican Party the best shot at regaining the White House in 2024.
Of that cohort that was polled, 54% said they believed the GOP had a better shot at winning the presidential election in 2024 with someone other than Trump being the party’s nominee. Only 42% of those respondents said they believed Trump gave Republicans the best chance at winning the White House.
Trump has experienced a major dip in support among Republican voters from November to February. In November, Trump had a favorability rating of 79% among Republicans. That dropped all the way down to 68% in February, which marked his lowest rating in the Marist poll since prior to the presidential election in 2016.
The early days of Trump’s latest bid for the White House has cast a lot of doubt about his prospects of actually winning the election, with people on both sides of the political aisle questioning some of his choices.
Political pundits wondered why he launched his presidential bid so early – just days after the midterm elections ended in what ultimately was a disappointing election cycle for the Republican Party. Many people believe that Trump is to blame for that underperformance, too.
Trump has also made some controversial comments and taken questionable actions in the time since he declared that he is running for the White House again.