In a surprising turn of events, a recent Wall Street Journal poll has revealed that former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden are tied at 46% in a hypothetical rematch for the 2024 presidential election. The findings have left many political commentators stunned, with ABC's George Stephanopoulos calling it "kind of shocking" considering Trump's mounting legal troubles.
During a segment on ABC's "This Week," Stephanopoulos highlighted the poll results, pointing out that despite the baggage that Trump carries, he is still tied with Biden. He also noted that Trump's base within the Republican Party appears to be growing stronger, even in the face of indictments against him.
The Wall Street Journal poll not only asked participants about their support for Trump and Biden but also about their opinions on the indictments against Trump. Surprisingly, over 60% of Republican primary voters believed that the charges were politically motivated and lacked merit. Additionally, 78% of respondents asserted that Trump's actions following the 2020 election were legitimate, while only 16% believed that he illegally attempted to prevent Congress from certifying the election results.
Despite Trump's legal troubles, the survey found that 59% of Republican primary voters still support him in the race for the White House, representing an 11-point increase since the last similar survey conducted in April. This shift in support has raised concerns among Democrats, with former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile describing the poll's findings as alarming and potentially bad news for President Biden.
The poll's results were also highlighted by CNN's Jim Acosta and MSNBC's Peter Baker, who both expressed surprise at the even split between Trump and Biden. Larry Sabato, the Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, commented that the poll indicates Biden has his work cut out for him in the upcoming 2024 election season. Sabato emphasized the importance of the economy and age as factors influencing voters' decisions.
Peter Baker mentioned that the poll indicates the old rules of politics no longer apply and that Trump's legal woes seem to embolden his base. He urged Republicans who do not want Trump as their nominee to take the poll results as a warning. Baker also addressed concerns within the Democratic Party regarding Biden's messaging and age, suggesting that progressive Democrats take issue with his agenda, while others worry about his age and occasional confusion.
In addition to the close race between Trump and Biden, the poll also included third-party candidates. When factoring in these candidates, Trump leads Biden with 40% to 39% support. The poll revealed that 8% of respondents remain undecided.
Overall, the poll's findings have caused a stir among political commentators, with many emphasizing the competitiveness of the potential rematch between Trump and Biden. The results serve as a reminder that the 2024 election will not be an easy victory for either party and that both candidates will need to work hard to secure the support needed to win.
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