In a Reuters/Ipsos poll, voters say they are not satisfied with the options they have
Americans aren’t happy about the looming new showdown between Democratic President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump in November, but that won’t stop them from voting, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
After Trump narrowly beat his only challenger for the Republican nomination, Nikki Haley, about 67 percent of respondents in a poll conducted Monday through Wednesday said they are “tired of seeing the same presidential candidates and want someone new.” But only 18% said they would not vote at all if they had to choose between Trump and Biden.
“I hate to think that we are always looking for the lesser of two evils”, commented Kimberly Softz, a 56-year-old from Washington. “I honestly think we can do better.”
The two candidates, for their part, seem ready for a new confrontationafter the Republican former president’s two back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, with the White House seeing Trump as a beatable opponent and Trump furious that Haley hasn’t dropped out of the race.
A US national poll of 1,250 adults shows Trump ahead of Biden 40% to 34%. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
It’s a surge for Trump, as a previous Reuters/Ipsos poll earlier this month showed him in a neck-and-neck battle with Biden.
The Republican maintained a six-point lead even when voters were given the choice of a third candidate, such as Robert F. Kennedy. Trump gathered 36% of the vote intention, Biden 30% and Kennedy 8%.
A little more than half of the respondents answered that they are not satisfied with the US two party systemwhile only one in four said they were satisfied.
Generally there were many indications in the poll that voters are not satisfied with the choices they have.
the 70% — including about half the Democrats —agreed with the statement that Biden should not seek re-election. 56% said Trump should not run, including about a third of Republicans.
Biden is burdened mainly by the widespread view that at the age of 81and while he is already the oldest president in US history, he is too old to take over the white house.
Three quarters of the respondents agreed with the statement that biden is too old to work in governmentwhile half said the same about the 77-year-old Trump.
A little more than half of Democrats thought Biden was too oldwhile a third of Republicans had the same view of Trump.
Haley, 52, is trying to capitalize on that frustration to woo voters.
“Most Americans don’t want to see another showdown between Biden and Trump”, she said Tuesday after her loss in New Hampshire. “The first party to withdraw its 80-year-old candidate will be the party that wins this election.”
According to the poll, Trump is nationally far ahead of Haley in voter preferenceswith 64% versus 19%.
Besides, participation in the November elections may be higher than four years ago, in part because voters appear more determined to win over the opposing side.
59% of respondents who said they would vote for Biden said their main motivation is to keep Trump from winning. Trump voters, on the other hand, offered a positive view of the candidate and his policies, with only 39% choosing to vote for the billionaire just so Biden doesn’t win.
Anti-Trump sentiment helped the Democratic president win the 2020 election.
One factor that might weigh against Trump: 55% of Republicans said he should be convicted; if he broke the laws, while the billionaire has been charged in four cases.
However most Republicans don’t think Trump is guilty: only one in five believe he incited fraud in the 2020 election, while four in five believe his political opponents are exploiting the legal system to hurt his candidacy.
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