A new Harvard-Harris Poll found that most Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and respondents are choosing former President Donald Trump over President Joe Biden and Republican primary challenger Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to fix it.
The former president leads the DeSantis Republican primary field by 40 points and President Joe Biden by five points in the most recent poll released Saturday. DeSantis also leads Biden, but only by one point.
The GOP Harvard-Harris primary poll results:
- Trump — 52%
- DeSantis — 12%
- Vivek Ramaswamy — 10%
- Former Vice President Mike Pence — 7%
- Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley — 4%
- Senator Tim Scott — 2%
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — 2%
- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum — 1%
- Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson — 1%
- Miami Mayor Francis Suarez — less than 1%
In hypothetical general election presidential polling, Trump leads Biden by five points, with DeSantis leading Biden by one point.
When Vice President Kamala Harris is added to the mix, she polls even worse than Biden’s 0% against former President Trump (47%) and DeSantis (41%).
When respondents were asked if the country is on the “wrong” or “right track,” 61% of respondents said it is on the “wrong track,” with only 29% saying it is on the “right track,” and 10% saying either they were “unsure” or “don’t know.”
When asked about the American economy, July’s responses nearly mirrored those about the country, with 62% saying it is on the “wrong track,” and 29% maintaining it is on the “right track,” with 9% saying they were “unsure” or “don’t know.”
The trend for the economy being on the right track has remained consistently low.
New poll findings show Ramaswamy rising, only two points behind DeSantis
The new poll findings show Vivek Ramaswamy hot on the heels of DeSantis, shooting up eight points and holding at only two points behind the Florida governor.
The survey polled 2,068 registered voters and showed a broad sense of discontent across the country for both major party candidates, with 70 percent looking for a different option.
Most people polled agreed that President Biden was mentally unfit to continue serving as president or serve another term.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents agreed that they had doubts about the president’s fitness for office, the majority of which were Republican voters, at 85%. It was also widely agreed that Biden is showing he is too old to be president, with 68 percent, over two-thirds, agreeing.
Besides the leading front runners, the poll also asked individuals about the favorability of political figures. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. achieved a favorable rating of 47%, with a 26 percent unfavorable rating. Second, on the list was Trump, who achieved a 45 percent favorable rating, but a higher unfavorable rating at 49 percent.
President Biden won the 2020 election after flipping the critical swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Last month, the survey suggested Pennsylvania had gone back toward Trump.
Pennsylvania is one of the states critical in determining who wins the presidency, with 20 electoral college votes and the tendency to swing back and forth between elections. After voting for former President Trump in 2016, Pennsylvania turned blue for Biden in 2020.