Voter enthusiasm for Biden-Trump rematch increases: Poll

Enthusiasm for a rematch between former President Trump and President Biden is rising as the two presumptive nominees remain neck and neck in national polling five months ahead of the election.

A Monmouth University Poll, released Thursday, found that enthusiasm for each party’s likely candidate, and the rematch between the two, has increased over the past few months.

Just less than half of respondents show enthusiasm for the second Trump vs. Biden showdown. Of those voters, 26 percent say they are very enthusiastic and 22 percent are somewhat enthusiastic.

In previous polling, the survey found that 27 percent of respondents were enthusiastic about Trump and Biden in December 2023, and 39 percent were enthusiastic in April.

The survey found an increase in enthusiasm across all partisan groups, but Republicans are more eager than Democrats. Seventy-one percent of Republican respondents said they were enthusiastic about the rematch compared to 46 percent of Democrats.

Independents were the least enthusiastic respondents, with only 34 percent saying they are ready for another Biden and Trump battle at the polls.

“Voter enthusiasm has a limited impact on actual turnout. But it is interesting how the partisan gap on this metric continues to favor Republicans as enthusiasm increases the closer we get to Election Day,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Nearly 1 in 5 voters were categorized as “double haters,” meaning they have unfavorable views of both Biden and Trump and are not at all enthusiastic about the upcoming election.

The survey also found that nearly half, 47 percent, of surveyed Americans agree with the jury’s verdict finding Trump guilty of all 34 felony counts in his hush money case. Still, the institute noted, it isn’t having a large impact on those who say they will or will not vote for Trump this fall.

The survey was conducted June 6 to 10 among 1,034 respondents and has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

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