Trump now LEADS Biden by three points in staggering 2024 match-up poll showing damage of the documents debacle: Walls close in on president as Democrats turn on him
- Trump leads Biden by 44 points to 41 in Tuesday’s Emerson College poll
- Biden has seen his November lead crumble, battered by the documents scandal
- It comes as Democratic senators step up attacks on his handling of the crisis
Forty-four percent of voters said they would vote for Trump compared with the 41 percent who would support Biden. The president has seen positive headlines about shrinking inflation and good midterm results turn negative amid the furore over his handling of classified documents.
Members of Biden’s own party have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of a scandal that seems to grow fresh legs every day, although Tuesday’s announcement that classified documents have been found in Mike Pence’s home gave the Democrats some respite.
The poll is a reversal from the last time Emerson conducted its survey. In November, Biden held a four-point advantage over Trump.
Joe Biden had a four-point lead over Donald Trump when Emerson College last polled voters in November. Trump now holds a three-point lead, in a poll with a three-point margin of error
For now the match-up — a redo of the 2020 election — remains hypothetical. Although Trump announced his run in November, Biden has yet to formally launch a reelection bid
Emerson College polled 1,015 registered voters from January 19-21, giving a three-point margin of error.
However, the match-up — a redo of the 2020 election — remains hypothetical.
The 80-year-old president has yet to announce that he is running, while the 76-year-old former president could face a competitive challenge for the Republican nomination, particularly if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis decides to stand.
But there is some good news for Biden. His overall approval rating was five points up from November, now standing at 44 percent.
That will be welcome for a president who has seen his presidency upended by the discovery of classified documents in a private office and at his home.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a frequent thorn in his side, upped the rhetoric From Democratic senators on Monday evening,
‘It couldn’t get any worse,’ he told Politico.
Sen. Joe Manchin and other senators returned from recess on Monday, and quickly expressed their irritation at Biden’s handling of classified documents. ‘It couldn’t get any worse,’ he said
Senate Democrats returned from a recess on Monday — two days after the White House revealed that yet another tranche of documents had been unearthed in Delaware, at Biden’s home.
Although allies have pointed out that Biden has cooperated with authorities since the first documents were found in November, unlike Trump, they have expressed growing disappointment and exasperation.
Sen. Mark Kelly said simply: ‘I don’t think … any classified document should be at somebody’s house.’
And Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin said the White House’s apparently sloppy handling of the classified information was in ‘sharp contrast’ to the way Congress approaches such documents.
After positive midterm results, when a red wave failed to materialize, Democrats fear their ability to attack Trump over his handling of classified information has been neutralized.
The office building housing the Penn-Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C where President Joe Biden’s personal lawyers handed over documents, which date from Biden’s time as the vice president to the Justice Department.
Biden did not help himself when last week he appeared to shrug off the controversy.
‘As we found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place we immediately turned them over to the archives and the Justice Department,’ he told reporters during a trip to California.
‘We’re fully cooperating, looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.
‘I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets.’
A day later, FBI agents searched his home for 13 hours and found more classified documents.