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President Biden would lose 2024 election matchups against three Republican candidates, according to a new poll.
Biden, 80, is trailing the 2024 GOP primary front-runner, former President Donald Trump, as well as former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, a Harvard/CAPS-Harris poll released on Monday found.
Trump, 77, topped Biden by 4 percentage points in the online survey of 2,103 registered voters, conducted Sept. 12-14, with the incumbent receiving 40% support compared to Trump’s 44%. A separate 15% responded that they didn’t know or were unsure of who their preferred candidate is.
Haley, 51, beats Biden by the same margin, according to the poll, with 41% supporting the former South Carolina governor and Trump administration official compared to 37% who said they would back the sitting president. Voters were less sure of who they would vote for in that scenario, with 21% saying they were unsure or didn’t know who they’d pick.
Scott, 58, edged out Biden 39% to 37% in the Harvard/CAPS-Harris poll, with 25% unsure of who to vote for.
Among other GOP primary candidates, Biden performed best against former Vice President Mike Pence, defeating him 42%-36% in a hypothetical race.
Biden also topped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (42%-38%) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (39%-37%) in the new poll.
The poll also measured how the GOP candidates would fare in a race against Vice President Kamala Haris and found that Trump was the only one who would defeat Harris in a head-to-head race (46%-40%).
“No question that President Joe Biden is showing lagging national poll numbers and that now multiple GOP candidates are ahead of him,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, told the Hill. “This is a new development as [non-Trump] potential opponents like Haley get exposure.”
Trump is firmly in command of the GOP race despite being hit with four criminal indictments since March.
He leads the field by nearly 44 percentage points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.
Haley and Scott performed well against Biden in the Harvard/CAPS-Harris survey despite single-digit polling numbers nationally.
Haley is polling at 5.7%, behind Trump, DeSantis and Ramaswamy, and Scott is polling at 2.5%, behind Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to RealClearPolitics.