'Kamala Harris Outperforms Biden': Insights from Latest US Polls

A Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released Tuesday showed Trump leading Biden by three percentage points after a disastrous debate Democrats have reason to worry

by Sededin Dedovic
'Kamala Harris Outperforms Biden': Insights from Latest US Polls
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Two new polls conducted after President Joseph Biden's disastrous debate with Donald Trump offer discouraging news for Democrats, according to Politico. A Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released on Tuesday showed that Trump leads Biden by three percentage points, marking a shift from a month earlier when the two candidates were tied.

Another poll conducted by SSRS for CNN also showed Trump with a six-point lead over the president, unchanged from previous polling. The results also indicate that 56% of registered Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters said their party would perform better with a candidate other than Biden.

These new polls come at a time when questions are being raised about Biden's ability to face Trump, with increasing numbers of Democrats publicly urging him to withdraw following a debate where he appeared at times to struggle to respond to his opponent's verbal attacks.

U.S. President Joe Biden (R) and Republican presidential candidate, former U.S.

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Biden's campaign cites other polls, including internal ones, showing him either tied or ahead of Trump post-debate. The coverage of President Barack Obama's 2012 debate also saw "a significant but temporary drop in the polls." In a CNN poll, just over three-quarters of viewers felt Trump performed better in the presidential debate compared to 23% who favored Biden.

Similarly, in the USA TODAY poll, 50% saw Trump as the clear winner compared to 11% for Biden, with 28% stating neither candidate won. Despite this, 44% of those who watched the debate said it did not affect their voting decision, according to the USA TODAY poll.

About a third said it made them more likely to vote for Trump, while 10% leaned towards Biden. According to the CNN poll, a substantial 75% of voters believe Democrats have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2024 with a different candidate than Biden.

Amid speculation about who could replace Biden if he decides to withdraw, the CNN poll tested several Democratic alternatives against Trump. Only Vice President Kamala Harris polled better than Biden with 45%, while California Governor Gavin Newsom and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tied with Biden at 43%.

U.S Vice POresident Kamala Harris© Anna Moneymaker / getty Images

The CNN poll was conducted from June 28 to June 30 with 1,045 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

The USA TODAY poll, conducted from June 28 to June 30 with 1,000 registered voters, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The White House on the need for a cognitive test for Biden

Regarding the cognitive test debate for President Biden, the White House spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, stated tonight that a cognitive test is not necessary for President Joseph Biden, following a heated public debate about the current US president's health status.

"He knows how to bounce back," said the spokesperson at a press conference, following Biden's recent disappointing performance in the debate against Republican Donald Trump. That performance has been labeled as disastrous.

The White House spokesperson added that there is absolutely nothing being hidden about Biden's health (81). Earlier today, Democratic Party lawmaker from Texas Lloyd Doggett called on Biden to withdraw from the presidential race after the mentioned TV debate with Trump.

On the other hand, high-ranking Democrat official Nancy Pelosi today assessed that it is legitimate to question Biden's health status, which has been under public scrutiny for some time. Biden admitted on Tuesday at a rally in Virginia that his performance in the debate was not his best, blaming it on lack of sleep and mentioning that his campaign raised $38 million since the confrontation.

"The fact is, I wasn't very smart. I decided to travel around the world several times, going through 100 time zones before the debate. I didn't listen to my advisors and came back and almost fell asleep on the podium. That's not an excuse, but it is an explanation," Biden said.

Democrats and political strategists say Biden's decision whether to remain the presidential candidate or to withdraw largely depends on him, Reuters reports. Biden will meet with Democratic governors on Wednesday following his weak performance in the debate, an unnamed White House official told Reuters.

The meeting will take place at the White House, with some governors attending virtually, aimed at convincing party leaders that he is still in good mental and physical shape—despite what he showed in the debate. After that duel, some in the Democratic Party have called on him to resign and not be the Democratic Party's presidential candidate.

Another source told Reuters that Biden will meet with leaders on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to strengthen support among party colleagues and mitigate calls for him to step aside. The meetings are part of a strategy to stabilize Biden's candidacy again after a problematic performance during the Atlanta debate.

It was also announced that Biden will give his first TV interview after the debate to the ABC News network, airing on Friday, according to the media statement.