(PartiallyPolitics.com) – A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey has found that Robert F. Kennedy Jr, the ex-Democratic presidential candidate turned independent, is likely to pull some voters from former President Donald Trump while boosting President Joe Biden’s chances of winning a second term in the White House.
In a survey of over 1,218 registered voters conducted on October 11, it was found that Biden is leading the presidential race by 3 percentage points, with the President getting 49 percent of the votes in a hypothetical head-to-head race while Trump will receive 46 percent.
However, when Kennedy is added to the mix as a third presidential candidate the gap between Biden and Trump appears to grow, with Trump receiving 37 percent of the votes while Biden received 44 percent. Kennedy would manage to get 16 percent of voters’ support, with Trump losing 10 percent and Biden losing 5 percent.
Kennedy, who had previously announced he was running as a Democratic presidential candidate but switched to being independent last month, could play an important role in determining who the winner of the 2024 presidential election is.
Many polls have also found that Democratic voters did not want Biden, 80, to serve a second term in office and that Kennedy could be viewed as a possible alternative for those voters. Kennedy’s repeated push of misinformation regarding the vaccine appear to have also helped him get the support of GOP voters which is why he could win some of Trump’s votes in the next election.
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