Former President Donald Trump has an advantage over President Joe Biden among independent voters, Cygnal’s November poll found.
Not only do independent voters view Trump more favorably — six points higher than Biden — they also prefer Trump over Biden, 44 percent to the incumbent’s 38 percent support. In that scenario, 18 percent remain undecided.
While it is true that Biden leads Trump among all voters by two points, 47 percent to 45 percent, Biden performs even stronger when put against a generic Republican, boasting a four-point advantage. Further, the survey found that Biden leads by just one point when Democrat-turned-independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is thrown into the mix, as Trump garners 39 percent, compared to 40 percent for Biden and 12 percent for Kennedy.
Overall, Trump garners the largest share of support from independents in a three-way race, as 36 percent of independents support him, compared to 30 percent who choose Biden and 17 percent who prefer Kennedy.
The survey was taken from October 30 to November 1, 2023, among 2,000 likely general election voters. It has a +/- 2.16 percent margin of error.
The survey comes as Trump continues to have a strong showing in recent national- and state-level polls against Biden. A recent New York Times/Siena survey, for instance, showed Trump leading Biden in five of six crucial swing states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.
Further, a recent Emerson College survey showed Trump leading Biden in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona and tying the 80-year-old in Wisconsin:
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Trump 49% (+8)
Trump 49% (+4)
Trump 47% (+3)
Trump 46% (+2)
Trump 45% (=)
Biden 45% (+2)
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— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 9, 2023