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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Unhappy with the Choices

Our most recent book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. The 2024 race has begun Voters are not happy about having to choose between Trump and Biden.

Mark Murray, Bridget Bowman and Alexandra Marquez at NBC:

Voters have been saying for months that they aren’t excited about a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

And our latest NBC News poll shows both men greatly underperforming a generic opponent.A generic Republican leads Biden by 11 points among registered voters, 48% to 37% (when Trump is ahead of Biden by just 2 points in the poll’s head-to-head matchup).

What’s more, the generic GOPer has a 27-point advantage among men (when Trump’s actual lead vs. Biden is +20), a 26-point edge among independents (when it’s Trump +11) and a 10-point lead among Latinos (when it’s D+2 vs. Biden).

And a generic Democrat is ahead of Trump by 6 points (46% to 40%) — leading by 22 points among women (when Biden’s actual lead over Trump is +13), by 16 points among seniors (when Biden’s lead is +12) and by 10 points among voters ages 18-34 (when it’s Trump +4 here). Yes, a generic candidate is almost always going to best an actual candidate in a poll, because generic candidates aren’t defined and don’t have real records.

But for Biden and Trump, both are significantly trailing how a generic D or R would ordinarily perform.

Some polls show double-digit support for RFK Jr. -- a sign that many people want "none of the above."