A new Rasmussen poll suggests the indictment of Donald Trump is only helping his presidential aspirations, as Trump surges into a 7 point lead over the current incumbent.
According to Rasmussen, the survey results show that Biden “faces an uphill battle for reelection against either of the two leading Republican candidates.”
The national telephone and online survey finds that 47 per cent of likely voters would vote for Trump compared to 40 per cent who would vote for Biden.
A further 11 per cent say they would vote for another candidate.
According to Mark Mitchell, head of polling at Rasmussen, the numbers put Trump in his best position against Biden for 17 months, with the Donald enjoying a 10 point swing from just weeks ago.
Stunning Turnaround!@realDonaldTrump now beats @joebiden by 7%
That’s his best in 17 months, and a 10-point swing from just weeks ago.
Highest absolute % of the vote since September 2021
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This “stunning turnaround” has happened at the height of news coverage surrounding Trump’s indictment and ‘arrest’, clearly suggesting the spectacle is galvanizing his support.
When the same poll was last conducted in February, Trump trailed Biden by 42%-45%.
Trump’s numbers are boosted by support from independents and women. Trump leads Biden among women 47%-39% and beats him among independent voters by 44%-36%.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis enjoys an even bigger lead over Biden by a margin of 46%-38%.
However, unless his fortunes rapidly change, DeSantis is unlikely to overcome Trump in the Republican primaries.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this week finds that 48 per cent of Republicans want Trump to be their party’s nominee, an increase of four per cent since last month before he was indicted.
In comparison, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has seen his support shrink from 30 per cent down to 19 per cent. All of Trump’s other potential rivals are polling in the single digits.
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