Donald Trump would beat Joe Biden if their electoral match-up was repeated today, according to a new poll that comes as the president’s approval rating continues to tank in the wake of the country’s chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A plurality of 47 percent of voters would favor Trump in a hypothetical re-run of last year’s election, according to an Emerson College survey released Friday. Just 46 percent of those polled backed Biden, with 6 percent saying they would seek out another candidate.
And nearly four out of ten Democrats in the Emerson survey — 39 percent — are ready to bail on Biden, saying they want someone else to be the party’s standard-bearer in 2024.
Meanwhile, Trump remains the heavy favorite among Republicans, with 67 percent of them in his corner if he vies for the GOP nomination again.
The national poll of 1,200 registered voters was conducted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 — before Friday’s miserable jobs numbers sparked new doubts about Biden’s handling of the economy.
The results represent a significant slide in support for Biden, who took the White House with 51 percent of the vote to Trump’s 47 percent in November.
Meanwhile, the RealClearPolitics polling average finds Biden’s job approval rating underwater by more than 4 percent, his worst approval rating yet.
More than 49 percent of those polled now disapprove of Biden’s performance in office, compared to 45 percent in favor.