Trump Leads Biden in Perceived Ability to Confront U.S. Adversaries, Poll Shows

Former President Trump holds an edge over Biden in voters' perceptions of confronting adversaries, per Quinnipiac poll. The 2024 race is a dead heat, but foreign policy could be a key battleground.

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Trump Leads Biden in Perceived Ability to Confront U.S. Adversaries, Poll Shows

Trump Leads Biden in Perceived Ability to Confront U.S. Adversaries, Poll Shows

Former President Donald Trump holds an advantage over President Joe Biden in voters' perceptions of their ability to confront U.S. adversaries, according to an exclusive Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday. The poll found that 46% of registered voters believe Trump is better equipped to stand up to adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran, compared to 39% who favor Biden on this issue.

The poll also shows a virtual tie between Trump and Biden in a hypothetical 2024 presidential matchup, with each candidate receiving 46% support. This marks a significant shift from previous polls that had Biden leading Trump. However, voters expressed little confidence in either candidate's fitness for office, personal ethics, and respect for democratic values.

Why this matters: The poll results underscore the challenges facing both Trump and Biden as they prepare for a potential rematch in the 2024 presidential election. The findings suggest that foreign policy and national security issues could play a pivotal role in shaping voters' preferences, particularly in light of growing tensions with U.S. adversaries.

Trump's perceived advantage in confronting adversaries comes despite his ongoing criminal trial in New York City, where he faces 34 counts of falsifying business records. While 60% of voters believe the charges against Trump are serious, 62% say a conviction would not affect their vote in the 2024 election.

The poll also reveals a generational divide on the issue of confronting adversaries, with Trump leading Biden in every age group. However, Biden holds a slight edge when it comes to voters' trust in handling America's nuclear arsenal, though Trump maintains a 9% lead among 18-21-year-olds on this question.

Key Takeaways

  • Trump leads Biden on ability to confront US adversaries, 46% vs 39%.
  • Trump and Biden tied at 46% in hypothetical 2024 presidential matchup.
  • Voters express little confidence in either candidate's fitness, ethics, and democratic values.
  • 60% believe charges against Trump are serious, but 62% say it won't affect their 2024 vote.
  • Trump leads Biden on confronting adversaries across all age groups, but Biden has slight edge on nuclear arsenal.