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Biden Trails Trump in New 2024 Poll, Faces Uphill Re-Election Bid

By Jake Beardslee · April 28, 2024

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, a new CNN/SSRS poll offers a sobering picture for President Joe Biden and his re-election prospects against former President Donald Trump.  Joe Biden: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (source: Joe Biden); User:TDKR Chicago 101 (clipping)Donald Trump: Shealah Craighead (source: White House)–°ombination: krassotkin/Wikimedia

The poll, conducted April 18-23 among 1,212 U.S. adults, found Biden's approval rating stuck at just 40%, with 60% disapproving of his job performance.  Biden for President/Wikimedia

When asked to look back on Biden's presidency so far, a majority (61%) labeled it a "failure" compared to just 39% calling it a "success." This is in stark contrast to Trump's first term, which 55% of respondents viewed as a "success" while 44% said it was a "failure."  David Lienemann/Wikimedia

The faceoff between Biden and Trump looks extremely competitive, with Trump holding a slight edge. Only 35% of Americans view Biden favorably, compared to 37% for Trump. Though both men remain deeply polarizing figures, Trump appears to have solidified his base more firmly than Biden.  Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos/Wikimedia

Motivating their respective bases to turn out will be crucial for both candidates. While 76% of registered voters say they are extremely or very motivated for the 2024 election, Republicans appear to have an enthusiasm advantage - 62% are extremely motivated compared to 56% of Democrats.  Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

One concerning data point for Democrats may be the 53% of voters who say they are dissatisfied with the field of candidates for 2024 so far, with just 47% satisfied. With Biden the prohibitive favorite for his party's nomination, depressed enthusiasm and concerns about his candidacy could dampen Democratic turnout.  visuals/Unsplash

On key issues, the economy and protecting democracy topped voter priorities. A staggering 92% called the economy extremely or very important, and Biden's enduring weakness on this issue is a major liability. Just 34% approve of his handling of the economy, with 66% disapproving.  President Joe Biden/Wikimedia

Overall, the poll data reveals a challenging political landscape for Biden as he seeks a second term.  Biden For President/Wikimedia

With Trump highly competitive, according to this polling, and democratic enthusiasm appearing muted, Biden may face a monumental battle to win re-election in 2024.  Liam Enea/Wikimedia

The poll was conducted by SSRS via web and telephone on the SSRS Opinion Panel from April 18-23, with a sample of 1,212 U.S. adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.  Clay Banks/Unsplash