Trump Hurt More Than Biden?

( – A fresh survey shows that independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s bid for the presidency might chip away in a more significant way at former President Donald Trump’s voter base than Joe Biden’s.

In a direct contest, Trump marginally surpasses Biden with a 46% to 44% lead.

According to an NBC News survey, the dynamics shift when Kennedy enters the fray, putting Biden ahead with 39%, Trump at 37%, Kennedy capturing 13%, Jill Stein at 3% and Cornel West with 2%.

This revelation moves away from the trend observed in other polls in the middle of a tightening race between the two leading candidates.

The latest RealClearPolitics polls narrow Trump’s national lead over Biden to a mere 0.4 percentage points.

However, the most recent data reflect that this margin widens to 1.3 points when Kennedy, Stein and West are included.

For Kennedy to secure a spot on the debate stage, he must achieve a 15% standing in selected polls.

The NBC survey notes that among those who shifted their support to Kennedy, 15% were initially Trump supporters in the one-on-one matchup, in contrast to just 7% who initially favored Biden.

Kennedy seems to resonate more with Republicans: a 40% favorable to 15% unfavorable opinion, whereas Democrats displayed a 16% favorable against a 53% unfavorable view towards him.

Both the Trump and Biden campaigns are concerned about Kennedy’s potential role in spoiling the presidential contest set for November 5.

Bucking his campaign, a group of Kennedy family members officially threw their support behind Biden and warned against votes for Kennedy Jr. given the high stakes at play.

Trump has labeled Kennedy “the most radical left candidate” and cautioned his supporters against backing him.

When participants were asked about the nation’s most pressing issue, 23% said inflation, 22% pointed to border issues, 16% raised concerns about threats to democracy, 11% mentioned jobs and the economy and 6% chose abortion.

Only 64% of survey respondents stated they were interested in the upcoming presidential election, which marks a 20-year low in engagement.

This NBC survey was conducted in mid-April among 1,000 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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