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Biden is leading former Trump AND DeSantis head-to-head

Biden would beat BOTH Trump and DeSantis if the presidential election was held today: Joe would get 43% of the vote in head-to-head matchup with Donald – and 41% if he was facing the Florida governor, poll finds

  • Biden is leading both Trump and Ron DeSantis in a pair of direct match-ups 
  • Biden would beat Trump 44% to 33%, according to Marquette Law School poll
  • The current president’s lead over DeSantis is somewhat narrower
  • Comes despite Biden’s own struggles with his personal approval numbers 


Even with his own low approval numbers, President Joe Biden is leading both former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a pair of direct match-ups long ahead of the 2024 election.

Biden leads Trump by 10 percentage points – 43 to 33 – in a new Marquette Law School poll released Thursday. 

That poll has 16 percent backing ‘someone else.’ 

It comes even as Trump has been hammering Biden throughout his presidency, and stepping up his own activity with a rally last week in Arizona and another planned for Texas this coming Saturday.

Biden’s lead over DeSantis, who has been in the news as he challenges the administration on vaccine mandates and school policy, is slightly narrower. Biden leads DeSantis 41 percent to 33 percent. In that matchup, 18 percent back ‘someone else.’ 

President Joe Biden leads former President Donald Trump 43 to 33 in a Marquette Law School poll

President Joe Biden leads former President Donald Trump 43 to 33 in a Marquette Law School poll

His lead, even in a poll taking even before he makes it through the mid-term elections, underscores that despite his own severe struggles to maintain a healthy approval rating, his ultimate fate would depend on how he fares against an opposing candidate.

The poll shows a lopsided 71-29 per cent majority do not want to see Trump serve another term. 

Biden’s own approval rating is under water in the poll, with 45 per cent approval to 51 per cent disapproval. That runs slightly higher than his approval in poll averages, where he has been in the low 40s.

DeSantis’ own approval rating is 22 per cent, with 34 per cent disapproval and 44 percent who say they haven’t heard enough about the governor.

Former US President Donald Trump has resumed campaign rallies and has regularly gone after Biden during his term

Former US President Donald Trump has resumed campaign rallies and has regularly gone after Biden during his term

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis runs slightly closer to Biden in a new poll, but still trails the president

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis runs slightly closer to Biden in a new poll, but still trails the president

Nevertheless, the public could hear a lot more about DeSantis. Trump denies a feud with him after chastising politicians who would not reveal whether they got a booster shot. And White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has singled out DeSantis’ state of Florida for being slow to push out federal money for reopening schools. 

The two also clashed over a monoclonal antibodies treatment for COVID-19.

Gauging any election so far out is a challenge, with the daily gyrations on the economy, the coronavirus, and the situation involving Russia and Ukraine. Just this week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement – giving Biden the chance to fire up his own base with a court fight.

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