Biden vs. Trump Race to White House Tightens, Survey Indicates Two Factors Could Favor Incumbent President

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The latest poll results indicate a tightening race between Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, with Trump holding a narrow two-point lead over Biden in a hypothetical matchup. This marks a shift from December when Trump had a four-point lead, suggesting a narrowing of the gap between the two candidates.

The Wall Street Journal survey, based on responses from 1,500 registered voters contacted between February 21 and February 28, reveals that Trump’s lead has diminished, signaling potential challenges for his campaign. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2.5 percentage points.

One factor contributing to Biden’s improved standing compared to December is a more favorable assessment of his handling of the economy. Approval of Biden’s handling of inflation has increased by seven points to 37%, while approval of his management of the economy has risen by four points to 40%.

Biden vs. Trump (Credits: Bloomberg)

These gains come amid a notable decrease in annual consumer price inflation from its peak in the summer of 2022, although it remains above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%.

While annual consumer price inflation has moderated to 3.1% in January, down from over 9% previously, the annual rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) remains at 3.9%, indicating ongoing concerns about inflationary pressures.

This cautious approach from the Federal Reserve underscores the complexities of economic management and the challenges facing policymakers as they navigate inflationary trends.

The shifting dynamics in the latest poll results suggest a competitive race ahead, with both Trump and Biden vying for voter support amid ongoing economic uncertainties.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.