(PresidentialWire.com)- A poll released last week has former President Donald Trump leading President Joe Biden in a 2024 hypothetical match-up by three points.
The Emerson College poll conducted last weekend asked respondents whom they would vote for in 2024. Former President Trump was supported by 45 percent of respondents while President Biden had the support of 42 percent.
The former President leads Biden both among rural voters (59 percent to 35 percent) and, more surprisingly, suburban voters (47 percent to 38 percent).
In the 2020 election, suburban voters played a significant role in securing Joe Biden’s victory. Trump besting Biden among suburban voters seems to indicate a bit of “buyer’s remorse” among the people who assumed they were electing a “moderate.”
Among voters without a college degree, Trump beat Biden 51 percent to 33 percent while respondents with a 4-year degree or higher went heavily for Biden, 52 percent to Trump’s 37 percent.
The poll also showed former President Trump with a favorability rating 12 points higher than that of President Biden. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they had a “somewhat or very favorable” view of Trump while only 47 percent said the same about Joe Biden.
The Emerson poll had Joe Biden’s overall approval at 43 percent, a one-point increase from Emerson’s February poll. Even with the one-point boost, Biden’s approval rating remains 6-points underwater, with 49 percent of respondents disapproving of the president.
Among Independent voters, Biden continues to struggle. Only 28 percent of Independents in the Emerson poll approve of the President while the vast majority, 64 percent, disapprove.
In the generic congressional vote, Republicans outpaced Democrats 47 percent to 42 percent.
The economy was rated the most important issue facing the country by 37 percent of respondents. Healthcare was a distant second with 14 percent while the war in Ukraine came in third with only 12 percent.
The poll also revealed that the majority of respondents, 51 percent, think Biden should focus more on domestic problems while 35 percent think he should prioritize the war in Ukraine.
The Emerson poll sampled 1,023 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.