The latest poll for the 2024 presidential election shows former President Donald Trump with one of his most commanding leads yet over the rest of the GOP primary field, and a statistical tie with Joe Biden for the general election.
As CNBC reports, the poll from Quinnipiac University reveals that 62% of Republican primary voters support Trump. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is in a distant second place with just 12%, the only other candidate to score double digits. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (R-Ohio) is in third with 6%, while former Vice President Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) are tied with 5% each. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has just 3% support, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) rounds out the primary field with 2%.
In the general election matchup, Biden leads Trump by just one point, with 47% to Trump’s 46%. As the poll has a margin of error of 2.4%, the result is essentially a statistical tie; with a much closer popular vote result than Biden’s 4.5% margin over Trump in the 2020 election, the result would suggest an electoral college advantage for Trump.
The Quinnipiac poll asked its respondents about the various indictments against President Trump, as well as the corruption scandals plaguing Biden’s presidency. When asked about the federal election cast brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith, 56% of respondents called it “very serious,” while 54% said they considered the Georgia indictment to be just as serious.
Meanwhile, half of the poll’s respondents indicated that they believe the allegations that Joe Biden was involved in his son Hunter’s foreign business deals while he was vice president in the Obama Administration, with 35% saying that he likely committed illegal acts.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has since formally approved an impeachment inquiry against Biden, which will be carried out by three House committees: The Oversight Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee.