President Joe Biden's 2024 campaign is going to have to overcome some difficult numbers, including a record-low approval rating (36%), a majority doubting his mental acuity (63%), and strength by his GOP challengers, according to the latest ABC News/The Washington Post poll.
Biden had led former President Donald Trump throughout ABC News/Washington Post polling before the 2020 election, but Trump is up 6 points (44%-38%) on whom voting-age adults would "definitely" or "probably" vote for in 2024.
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DeSantis is up 5 points (42%-37%).
In the GOP primary question with six candidates in the poll, Trump leads DeSantis by 26 points (51%-25%).
In an open-ended question on whom GOP or Republican-leaning independents would back, Trump was mentioned by 43%, while DeSantis got 20% and all other candidates were 2% or lower.
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In the six-candidate question:
- Trump 51% majority.
- DeSantis 25%.
- Former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley 6%.
- Former VP Mike Pence 6%.
- Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., 4%.
- Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson 4%.
Notably, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who has been polling strongly, was omitted as an option in ABC News/The Washington Post poll.
All told, 75% of Republicans would be satisfied with Trump as the GOP nominee in 2024, while 63% would be satisfied with DeSantis.
Biden's approval in the poll hit a new low at just 36%, including 56% disapproval and nearly a majority (47%) that strong disapprove.
Most alarmingly for Biden's reelection hopes, a large majority (63%) say Biden, 80, lacks the mental sharpness to serve effectively as president, which is up from 43% in 2020 and 54% a year ago in the poll. Also, 62% say Biden is not fit physically to be an effective president.
Trump is polling stronger within his party than Biden is within his. Trump gets 88% of GOP at least probably will vote for him, while 83% of Democrats say the same of Biden.
Trump is also 8 points stronger among independents. There are 42% of independents at least probably will back Trump, while just 34% of independents say the same of Biden.
One of Biden's long-strong supporting demographics, young voters, are off backing him now. Just 26% under 30 approve of Biden.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted April 28-May 3 among 1,006 U.S. adults, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. There were 438 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, and those results have an margin of error of plus of minus 5.5 percentage points.
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