According to the results of a recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll, President Joe Biden currently trails behind former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a theoretical Democrat primary in Florida, a key battleground state. In addition, Biden also trails behind both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.
Specifically, if Clinton were to enter the 2024 presidential race, she would lead Biden by 3 percentage points, or by 46 to 43 percent.
However, if Clinton were not to run in 2024 and Biden once again becomes the Democrat nominee, DeSantis and Trump polled higher than Biden in a direct matchup in the state of Florida.
Similar to Clinton, Trump also holds a three percentage point advantage over Biden at 47 to 44 percent. DeSantis holds an even more significant lead at eight percentage points over Biden at 52 to 44 percent.
However, if DeSantis were to face off with Trump in a presidential Republican primary race in Florida, the 45th president polls approximately 7 percentage points higher than the incumbent governor.
Earlier this week, Clinton apparently oversaw a major Senate fundraising event for Representative Tim Ryan, and her attention to the Ohio Democrat illuminates her renewed presence in politics.
Clinton’s ingratiation with other Democrats also arises while numerous high-profile Democrats have distanced themselves from the Biden administration in the months leading up to the 2022 midterms.
Over the past several weeks, Democrats who have reportedly rebuffed Biden’s efforts to campaign alongside them include Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Pennsylvania Democrats Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman.
Currently, Biden holds a national approval rating at 33 percent amongst all voters, as well as 25 percent amongst independent voters.
In Florida specifically, only 39 percent of residents approve of Biden’s job performance, whereas 53 percent express disapproval.
According to the results of the poll, “voters in Florida believe the nation as a whole is on the wrong track” by a 30-point margin, or 58 to 28 percent.
In addition, “a full 57 percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy.”
While Biden’s position appears precarious in Florida, neither Trump nor DeSantis has issued an announcement regarding a potential 2024 presidential bid. However, Trump recently set the media aflame by declaring that he is the 45th and 47th president at a recent golf match.