Who’s Popular — Biden or Trump
From Girish Modi, Decatur, GA
As President Joe Biden shifts his reelection campaign into higher gear, his candidacy is being tested by a striking divide between Democratic leaders, who are overwhelmingly unified behind his bid and voters who cast doubts about his eligibility. Biden, who will be 82 on Inauguration Day, may simply not be up for another four years. The voters don’t want this and that’s poll after poll after poll. A CNN poll released this month found that 67% of Democrats would prefer Biden not be re-nominated. The discord between the party’s elite and its voters leaves Democrats confronting a level of disunity over a president running for reelection not seen for decades.
Majorities of Democrats do not want him to run again, are open to an alternative in the primary, and dread the idea of a Biden-Trump rematch. In quiet conversations and off-the-record gatherings, Democratic officials frequently acknowledge their worries about Biden’s age and sagging approval ratings. But publicly, they project total confidence in his ability to lead and win. Biden’s campaign and his allies argue that much of the intraparty dissent will fade away next year, once the election becomes a clear choice between the president and former President Donald Trump, the dominant leader in the Republican primary field.
The situation is almost the opposite of the Republican field, where Trump holds a commanding lead among the party’s base but remains far less beloved by a political class that fears his unpopularity among moderate and swing voters will lead to defeat in 2024. Four indictments have marred Trump’s momentum and he will be finished if he is convicted in any of these indictments.
According to the latest poll numbers both Biden and Trump are in dead heat. It appears that independent voters, also known as swing voters, will decide the outcome of the election. In other words, all the candidates are wasting time and money in campaigning for the last year and half. This happens only in America.
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