A recent poll indicates that a large proportion of Americans describe President Joe Biden as a “weak” leader, while a majority rate former President Donald Trump as a “strong” one. The poll’s results come after a string of negative stories regarding the president’s family in what may be a key bellwether for the 2024 race.
The YouGov/Economist poll released this week found 54% of Americans describing Trump as a strong leader. This includes 32% who describe him as a “very strong” leader.
However, Biden received considerably worse results. A majority, 60%, said that Biden was “weak,” including 42% who see the president as “very weak.” A minority of only 39% see Biden as a “strong” leader, with a small percentage of 14% describing him as “very strong.”
The positive news for the former president also includes 54% of independent voters giving him a positive leadership rating.
Conversely, Biden received just 29% of independents who felt the same way about him. A large majority of independents, at 71%, view him as a weak leader.
The recent polling data regarding leadership is not the only bad news to face the president in recent weeks. A new Messenger/Harris poll found that Trump opened up a significant lead in a rematch against Biden.
🇺🇲 2024 Presidential Election Poll
(R) Trump 46% (+4)
(D) Biden 42%
(R) Trump 42% (+8)
(D) Biden 34%
Net 4-point swing towards Trump from previous poll (was: 44/44)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) July 25, 2023
According to the poll, Trump led the overall race with 46% to Biden’s 42%. Furthermore, Trump had a crucial lead among independent voters, garnering 42% compared to Biden’s 34%.
Trump also led among the most reliable voting bloc, voters above the age of 65. A total of 53% of this cohort said that it would back the former president.
In addition, a majority of voters, 66%, said that they did not desire Biden to seek another term.
The president received a positive job approval rating from 41% of the public, while 53% disapproved of his performance.
The former president also led Biden by 5% in a recent Harvard/Harris poll. In addition, the same poll found that a majority of the public believes that Trump will secure the Republican presidential nomination, including 74% from within the GOP.