(USNewsMag.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis leads President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 match-up while former President Trump lags eight points behind.
According to a survey released last week by WPA Intelligence, Ron DeSantis held a 3-point lead over the incumbent Biden 45 percent to 42 percent. But up against Trump, Biden held an 8-point lead, 49 percent to Trump’s 41 percent.
Both Biden and Trump enjoy 99 percent name recognition in the WPA Intelligence poll while DeSantis has only 80 percent name recognition. Despite the low name recognition, DeSantis still outruns Biden in a head-to-head match-up.
Respondents were also asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of the three potential 2024 candidates. Donald Trump polled the worst with 60 percent of respondents having an unfavorable view of the former president. Joe Biden came in second-worst with 55 percent unfavorable. Only 39 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of Governor DeSantis, making him the only one of the three to have a net favorable rating.
Currently, Donald Trump is the only one who has officially declared his candidacy for 2024.
CBS News reported last Thursday that Biden is expected to announce his reelection bid “not long after” his State of the Union address on February 7, according to a source “with knowledge of the ongoing planning.”
While the specific date of the president’s 2024 announcement has not been finalized, the source said the plan had always been to announce after the SOTU.
According to CBS News, senior White House aides see the upcoming SOTU as Biden’s de facto reelection launch. While he will not use the address to announce his reelection bid, aides see the president’s address as a way for Biden to lay out both his short-term and long-term goals.
The president’s formal 2024 announcement could come as soon as later February or early March.
The president reportedly made his decision about 2024 while vacationing in St. Croix with family over the Christmas holiday.
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