- She had an impressive six percentage-point lead over the president — which is outside the margin of error — while every other Republican candidate was “neck-to-neck “with him.
Indian American presidential contender Nikki Haley is the only GOP presidential candidate who would beat President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 match-up, a new poll has revealed. According to a CNN/SSRS poll released today, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and former governor of South Carolina had a six percentage-point lead over Biden (49 percent to 43 percent). “Every other major Republican candidate remains neck-and-neck” The Hill reported, “with Biden who scores just a 39 percent approval rating a little more than a year before Election Day.”
“It was the widest lead in any of any head-to-head pairs between Biden and a Republican presidential candidate,” Newsweek noted. “Even larger than the one of former President Donald Trump, who is the frontrunner in the GOP race.” On the other hand, “a matchup between Biden and Trump has the former president up by 1 percentage point, 47 to 46 percent,” Newsweek said. Haley did “particularly well among white non-college graduates, who backed her by 62 percent and Biden by 28 percent,” the report added. “She also benefited from the support of male voters and voters aged 50 to 64,” while Biden “saw bigger gains among people of color and younger voters aged 18 to 34.”
Conservative commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin said Haley “seems like a smart bet” for “a GOP donor looking for a Trump alternative.” The Hill said, “The results are good news for Haley who is looking to build on a strong performance in the first GOP presidential debate late last month to challenge her former boss for the Republican nomination. On the debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she called out Vivek Ramaswamy for his lack of experience in foreign policy and doubled down by telling him: “Under your watch, you will make America less safe.” She also spared with former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on their voting records and policies. However, the 51-year-old is Haley “far behind Trump in polls of Republican primary voters, however, underscoring the uphill climb she faces.”
A Washington Post/FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos tracker found that Haley showed the most improvement during the event, with support from GOP primary voters growing from 29 percent pre-debate to 46 percent after the debate. Her campaign also said that it received the highest number of grassroots donations in a single day in the 24 hours after the debate.
CNN noted that the poll was conducted by SSRS from August 25-31 among a random national sample of 1,503 adults drawn from a probability-based panel. “The survey included an oversample to reach a total of 898 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents; this group has been weighted to its proper size within the population,” the network added.