Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in an election rematch, according to a recent Emerson College poll. The poll was also taken before Thursday’s release of special counsel Robert Hur’s report that indicated Biden struggled with significant memory issues.
According to the poll, Trump now has a 1% lead over the president. He currently brings in 46% of the public, while Biden receives 45% support.
Furthermore, when third-party candidates were considered, Trump’s lead expanded. In such a scenario, Trump would gain 41% of the vote to Biden’s 39%. Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy would receive 5%. Possible Green Party nominees Cornel West and Jill Stein would receive 1% support each.
A recent ABC/Ipsos poll also found that Americans believed that Trump would do a better job on a number of issues compared to the president.
ABC/IPSOS POLL: Who would do a better job handling…
• Immigration: Trump +18
• The Economy: Trump +12
• Abortion: Biden +9
• Healthcare: Biden +10
• Inflation: Trump +10
• Classified documents: Biden +10
• Climate Change: Biden +17
• Crime: Trump +13
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— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) February 11, 2024
The same poll gave considerable advantages for Trump on the issues of immigration, the economy and crime among others.
The Thursday report indicated that the special counsel would not charge Biden in relation to allegations that he retained classified documents, some of which wound up in his garage.
In part, Hur said that he did not recommend charges against Biden due to his faulty memory. The special counsel wrote that if the case made it to trial, Biden may present himself as a well-meaning elderly man with memory issues. This included the president allegedly forgetting when he was vice president and when his son Beau Biden died.
Following the issuance of the report, the president held a press conference in the White House later that day. The president had a number of testy exchanges with reporters and appeared to struggle with his words. Toward the end, the president confused the countries of Mexico and Egypt.
Other polls have shown a significant majority of Americans are concerned about the president’s age and health. One NBC News poll taken prior to the report’s release and press conference showed that almost 90% of the public has some concern regarding Biden’s fitness for office.