Headline RoundupFebruary 21st, 2023

2024 Poll: DeSantis Falls Behind Trump, Democratic Field Remains Unclear

Summary from the AllSides News Team

There are 623 days until Election Day 2024, but election speculation is already heating up. 

Potential Republican Nominees: A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Friday showed former President Donald Trump beating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 46% to 23% in a hypothetical Republican primary. That marked a drop in support for DeSantis, whom Republican-leaning voters preferred over Trump in a December poll. Additionally, 7% supported former Vice President Mike Pence, 6% supported former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and 9% said they didn’t know who they would support. Among the major contenders, only Trump and Haley have announced campaigns.

Potential Democratic Nominees: President Joe Biden, 80, still says he “intends” to run for re-election, but voices within his own party continue to look for alternatives. The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that only 36% of Democratic voters would back Biden in a party primary. Other options included Vice President Kamala Harris (15%). Hillary Clinton (8%), Bernie Sanders (8%), Pete Buttigieg (6%), and Gavin Newsom (4%), with 7% undecided. No major Democratic contenders have announced presidential campaigns. 

Overall Public Opinion: Voters continue to express a lack of enthusiasm for either Biden or Trump in 2024. In a hypothetical matchup, poll respondents picked Trump over Biden 46% to 41%, with 13% undecided. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common in political outlets across the spectrum. Some coverage from the right framed Biden as broadly unpopular. 

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