Donald Trump has taken the lead over Joe Biden for the first time in NBC News polling history.
The outlet reports Joe Biden’s approval rating, 40%, has declined to the lowest level of his time as White House resident.
“The poll finds Biden behind former President Donald Trump for the first time in a hypothetical general-election matchup, although the deficit is well within the poll’s margin of error for a contest that’s still more than 11 months away,” NBC News reports.
In the poll, NBC News had Donald Trump defeating Joe Biden 46% to 44%.
“It’s the first time in more than a dozen polls we’ve seen a result like this,” MSNBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki commented.
The MSNBC analysts discussed the significant change in voters 18-34.
NEW: Former President Trump beats President Biden within the margin of error in the latest @NBCNews national poll.@SteveKornacki: “It’s the first time in more than a dozen polls we’ve seen a result like this.” pic.twitter.com/exf2cximAc
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 19, 2023
NBC News reports:
The erosion for Biden is most pronounced among Democrats, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza, and among voters ages 18 to 34, with a whopping 70% of them disapproving of Biden’s handling of the war.
“I do not support his support of Israel,” said Meg Furey, 40, a Democrat from Austin, Texas.
“Failed promises, student loans, foreign policy in general,” said Democrat Zico Schell, 23, of San Diego, when asked why he disapproves of Biden’s job performance.
“Joe Biden is at a uniquely low point in his presidency, and a significant part of this, especially within the Biden coalition, is due to how Americans are viewing his foreign policy actions,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.
McInturff said he can’t recall another time when foreign affairs not involving U.S. troops transformed the American political landscape.
“This poll is a stunner, and it’s stunning because of the impact the Israel-Hamas war is having on Biden,” he said.
“According to the poll, 40% of registered voters approve of Biden’s job performance, while 57% disapprove, representing Biden’s all-time low in approval (and all-time high in disapproval) in the poll since becoming president,” the outlet noted.
NBC News is the latest mainstream media outlet that shows Donald Trump defeating Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.
In recent polling conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, Donald Trump leads Joe Biden “in five of the six most important battleground states one year before the 2024 election.”
“The results show Mr. Biden losing to Mr. Trump, his likeliest Republican rival, by margins of three to 10 percentage points among registered voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Mr. Biden is ahead only in Wisconsin, by two percentage points, the poll found,” The New York Times writes.
“Across the six battlegrounds — all of which Mr. Biden carried in 2020 — the president trails by an average of 48 to 44 percent,” the outlet added.
In a recent CNN poll, Donald Trump beats Joe Biden 49% to 45% in the 2024 presidential election.