As the 2024 presidential election cycle continues to heat up, former President Donald Trump remains in the lead among GOP primary candidates. According to a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll provided to The Hill, if the 2024 election were held today, Trump would defeat President Joe Biden by a margin of 46% to 41%. Furthermore, Trump leads the field of GOP primary candidates with 37 percent support and Vice President Kamala Harris trails him by 10 points.
Biden’s approval numbers have not seen much change according to the Real Clear Politics average which put his approval rating at 42%. However, recent Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling surveys show that most Democrats are hoping that he does not run for re-election in 2024 due to his age concerns. Despite this sentiment among Democratic voters towards their current president’s candidacy going into the 2024 Presidential Election cycle; they still prefer him over former US President Donald Trump.
It is clear that Biden has an uphill battle ahead of him if he wishes to secure another term as president. While it is true that anything can happen between now and November 2024; one thing is certain – Donald Trump will be a formidable opponent should he decide to make another run for office. As such, Biden must focus on strengthening his core base of supporters while also appealing to more centrist voters who may be concerned with his progressive policies. He must also take steps to differentiate himself from the current occupant of the White House while still advocating for progressive values and initiatives that made him so popular during his initial campaign.
The reality is that Joe Biden faces an incredibly difficult task going into what could possibly be one of the most consequential elections in recent history. With Donald Trump leading the polls among Republican primary candidates with such a large margin over Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden’s hopes for a second term could prove difficult unless he can effectively distinguish himself from both Republican challengers and his predecessor in office. It will be interesting to see how Biden responds in order to ensure victory come November 2024 when Americans head out once again to cast their ballots for president.