With former President Trump already in the race to reclaim his job and President Biden expected to follow suit this week, when was the last time that a presidential campaign began with so much trepidation within each party about their respective front-runners? Each are popular within their parties, yet have real problems with swing voters, particularly pure independents who do not lean to either party.
In the last three days we have been treated with the release of two gold-standard polls, the NBC News poll conducted by the bipartisan team of Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Hart Research (D), and the Wall Street Journal poll now conducted by its own bipartisan pair of Impact Research (D) and Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates (R). These surveys help illustrate the situation at this juncture, 80 weeks before the general election.
This would be the sixth presidential rematch in U.S. history, and one that few people want. In the NBC poll, 70 percent of respondents, including 51 percent of Democrats, did not want Biden to run again. Sixty percent in the overall sample did
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