A recent CNN poll suggests that most Americans do not want a rematch between former President Donald Trump and President Biden in the 2024 presidential election.
The 1,208 adult respondents participated in the CNN/SRSS survey between December 1-7, which showed around 59% of left-leaning independent or Democrat voters want the Democratic National Committee to nominate a candidate other than Biden.
Among right-leaning independent and Republican voters, about 62% of surveyed individuals want the Republican National Committee to nominate someone other than Trump.
However, most Democrats and Republicans surveyed said they would vote for Biden or Trump in a general election if their chosen candidate made it through the 2024 primaries.
Thirty-six percent of right-leaning or Republican voters would “definitely” vote for Trump in a general election, with 30% of that group saying they would “probably” vote for Trump as the Republican nominee. According to stats from CNN, Trump’s popularity over the last three surveys has dropped 12 cumulative percentage points.
Only 45% of Democrats expressed an overall approval of Biden as the presidential nominee in 2024.
President Biden’s favorability numbers were significantly higher than California Governor Gavin Newsom or Vice President Kamala Harris when voters were asked about a potential one-on-one matchup between Biden vs. Newsom or Biden vs. Harris.
Biden’s favorability rating is 83% among Democrat voters, according to CNN/SRSS. Harris scored 66%, with Newsom at 45%
Among Republicans, 38% of respondents identified Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis as the first choice for the presidential nomination of the RNC. Trump scored the same, garnering 38%
Overall support for Trump’s bid for presidency has declined among GOP voters
Support for former President Trump’s presidential bid has declined among Republican-aligned voters and has continued to decline across three polls by CNN that looked at the topic.
Last January, the poll found a split of 50% wanted Trump as the nominee, while 49% wanted a different candidate. By the summer, the July poll showed 44% who wanted Trump to be the chosen nominee. Now, 38% say Trump should be selected as the candidate.
The sharpest drops in Trump’s support bid came among older Republican-leaning voters. Fifty-five percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters aged 65 and older supported Trump’s bid in January, compared with 37% support now.
Degree-holding white voters saw a drop in support from 31% supporting Trump in January to 16% now. Among voters who say they are conservative, 65% said they supported Trump then, and 42% currently support him as a candidate.
Despite lukewarm support for former President Trump for the nomination, the survey found the former president would enjoy the majority backing of Republican-aligned voters. About two-thirds of respondents want someone other than the former president to be the nominee. However, 36% said they would definitely vote, and 30% said they would vote for Trump if he were chosen as the party nominee.
Roughly 8 in 10 Republican-leaning voters either want Trump to be chosen as the GOP nominee, 38%, or say they were likely to vote for him if he is given the nod from the party at 41%