In Poll, One Republican Beats Biden One-on-One

It's Nikki Haley, according to new CNN poll; Trump leads but within margin of error
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2023 2:20 PM CDT
In Poll, Only One Republican Beats Biden One-on-One
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley during a campaign event May 24, 2023, in Bedford, N.H.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

A new CNN poll has some bad but familiar news for President Biden: Most Democrats would prefer a different nominee because of his age. The poll found that 67% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters say they wish the party would nominate someone else. Among these voters, the concern most often mentioned directly was age (49%), along with mental acuity (7%) and health (7%). Another interesting nugget came when Biden was matched up against the top GOP nominees in hypothetical one-on-one races. In this scenario—in which voters of both parties were questioned—only one Republican defeated him by an amount beyond the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points: Nikki Haley, not Donald Trump.

  • Haley 49%, Biden 43%
  • Trump 47%, Biden 46%
  • Mike Pence 46%, Biden 44%
  • Ron DeSantis 47%, Biden 47%
  • Tim Scott 46%, Biden 44%
  • Chris Christie 44%, Biden 42%
  • Vivek Ramaswamy was the only top candidate to lose to Biden, by a margin of 46% to 45%
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