President Biden shrinks Trump’s edge in latest American poll

President Biden shrinks Trump’s edge in latest American poll

NEW YORK, Apr 13 (APP): US President Joe Biden is catching up to former President Donald Trump’s polling lead, highlighting just how close the November 2024 presidential election will be, according to a new poll, released on Saturday.

Trump leads Biden by just one percentage point with both men at 46% and 45% respectively, the poll from the New York Times and Siena College said.

The survey represents a significant boost for the incumbent president who has been lagging behind Trump in recent polling.

An earlier New York Times and Siena college poll released in March saw Trump leading Biden by 5 percentage points at 48% and 43% respectively.

But Biden appears to be shoring up support among Americans who voted for him in the 2020 elections, with 89% of his 2020 supporters saying they would vote for him now compared to 83% who said the same from the earlier poll.

Trump still commands strong support at 94% among his 2020 supporters, but that’s a drop from 97% in the March poll.

Biden, who has seen falling support among Black and Latino voters, has started to make gains with those voters as well, a key coalition behind his 2020 victory. His support with those voters however, still isn’t as high as it was in 2020, according to the pol

But with the war in Ukraine dragging into its second year, and the civilian death toll rising in Gaza after Israel’s assault in Gaza, voters gave Trump significantly higher marks on his handling of foreign conflicts.

Only 36 percent approve of Biden’s managing of those conflicts, with especially glaring weaknesses among younger voters. Only 4 percent of voters under 45 strongly approve of his job on such international matters.

And while age continues to be a major concern for Biden – 69% of voters in the poll say he is too old to be an effective president – that concern has fallen among voters older than 65.

But other campaign issues continue to pose troubles for Biden’s reelection campaign. The former president is leading Biden on both the economy and immigration according to the poll.

On the economy, 64% approved of Trump’s handling of the economy compared to 63% who disapproved of Biden’s handling of it. And on immigration, 50% of voters approved of Trump’s handling of the issue compared to 64% of voters who disapproved of Biden’s job.

The poll was conducted with 1,059 registered voters and had a margin of sampling error among registered voters by plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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