With this past year’s election being one of the most polarizing in the nation’s history, it is no surprise that many Americans are beginning to look beyond the two major party nominees for the next election cycle in 2024. Recently, a new poll has revealed that both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden have lost a considerable amount of support among a growing segment of potential voters – those who are considering voting for an independent presidential candidate.
The poll, conducted by the research firm YouGov, shows that 47% of registered voters said they would vote for a third-party or independent candidate if their name still appears on the ballot paper in 2024. This is a 10% increase from the last presidential election in 2020, when 37% of registered voters said that they would consider voting for a third-party or independent candidate.
Furthermore, the poll showed that support for a third-party candidate has grown significantly over the past two years. In 2018, only 22% of registered voters said they would consider voting for a third-party or independent candidate.
The poll also showed a shift in the perceptions of the two major party nominees. In 2020, former President Trump was seen favorably by 59% of those who expressed an opinion on him. However, in the new poll, only 48% of registered voters gave him a favorable rating. On the other hand, President Biden saw his favorability rating drop, from 79% in 2020 to 71% in the new poll.
The poll results reveal that the American electorate is open to new and different leadership in the White House. With the upcoming election in 2024 quickly approaching, the nation’s political landscape could see a major shift, as more people are open to voting for an independent or third-party candidate over the traditional two-party options. This could lead to a scenario in which the two major party nominees are forced to compete for the same pool of voters, given the increased support of an independent or third-party candidate.
It remains to be seen just how much of an impact an independent or third-party candidate will have on the 2024 election. However, the recent poll results clearly demonstrate that the American public is open to a different type of leadership in the White House and that former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden both have lost considerable support among potential voters.