(DCWatchdog.com) – Former South Carolina governor and US ambassador Nikki Haley, who recently became a 2024 GOP White House candidate, would narrowly beat Democrat President Joe Biden in a potential match-up, according to a new poll.
At the same time, however, Haley, who announced her candidacy earlier this month, remains far behind former President Donald Trump in terms of popularity with GOP voters.
The new public opinion survey by Rasmussen Reports showed in a Haley – Biden election, 45% of likely voters would choose the former, 41% would vote for the latter, while 10% said they would pick someone else.
In a hypothetical contest for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, according to the poll, Haley would come after Trump but would be ahead of Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, the poll found.
Thus, Trump received the support of 52% of the respondents, Haley got 28%, and DeSantis, who hasn’t officially entered the 2024 GOP nomination race, received 24%.
The survey discovered that 47% of American voters viewed Nikki Haley favorably, including 17% who said they had a “very favorable” view of her.
At the same time, 37% viewed her unfavorably, including 17% who had a “very unfavorable” opinion of her.
Overall, 55% of Republicans, 41% of Democrats, and 44% of independents said their impression of Haley was at least somewhat favorable.
Conversely, 29% of Republicans, 45% of Democrats, and 37% of independents viewed her at least somewhat unfavorably.
The poll found that 57% of men and 39% of women viewed the former US ambassador to the UN favorably.
In a potential match-up with Biden, she would receive 51% of the male vote and 40% of the female vote.
The survey showed younger voters (under 40) and voters of color had a more favorable impression of Haley in a contest against Biden.
Nevertheless, 52% of voters aged 40-64 and 50% in the 65+ age group said they would choose her over the incumbent Democrat president.
According to the poll results, white voters would choose Haley over Biden by 48% to 41%, and non-black minorities – by 44% to 37%. Only black voters would choose Biden over Haley by 50% to 33%.
Overall, 56% of whites, 47% of blacks, and 58% of other minorities said they had a somewhat favorable impression of Nikki Haley.
Among voters who approve of Biden’s job performance, 44% would choose Haley as the Republican presidential nominee, 9% would pick Trump, and 8% – DeSantis.
Among those who disapprove of Biden, Trump would get 48%, DeSantis – 32%, and Haley – 8%.
The Rasmussen survey was conducted from February 16-19 nationwide among 1,000 likely voters.
POLL: Nikki Haley, after announcing her 2024 presidential campaign, comes out slightly ahead of President Biden in a hypothetical matchup, but far behind former President Donald Trump among Republican voters. https://t.co/FXxlVQ1LAy pic.twitter.com/PwHoCIN4Nb
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