(TheIndependentStar.com) – In a bombshell poll finding that could rattle the 2024 presidential election in more ways than one, a new public opinion survey has found that independent White House candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would capture a whopping 22% of the votes in a race against Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
The latest poll by Quinnipiac University has found that in this scenario, President Joe Biden would score 39% of the votes among registered voters, while former President Donald Trump would be left with 36%, Breitbart News reports.
According to the same survey, in a direct face-off, Biden holds a narrow lead over Trump with a result of 47% to 46%.
However, Kennedy’s presence in the race disproportionately draws support away from Trump rather than Biden.
Kennedy’s appeal is particularly strong among independent voters, where he leads with 36%, followed by Trump at 31%, and Biden trailing slightly at 30%.
Adding progressive activist Cornel West into a hypothetical four-way race shifts the dynamics somewhat, leaving Biden with 36%, Trump at 35%, RFK Jr. at 19%, and West with 6% of the votes.
“With minority and younger voters seeming intrigued, Kennedy, for now, enjoys the kind of demographic support his charismatic father and uncles generated decades ago,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy commented.
Kennedy has told Newsmax Magazine his ambition is “to rewrite the assumptions and change the habits of American politics.”
A Newsmax report observes that in the direct Biden versus Trump scenario, the one-point edge for Biden remains consistent with Quinnipiac’s polls from August and September.
Among independents in the latest survey, Trump garners 45% support to Biden’s 44%.
“Trump goes to war with the American legal system, while Biden wrestles with military conflicts on two fronts. Despite the swirling tumult, the partisan criticism, and rancor, the two candidates are still as tied as tied can be,” Malloy said regarding the current political climate.
According to the poll, Biden’s presidential approval rating stands at 39%, with the southern border crisis being a significant weak point—only 27% approve of his management of the Mexico border issues, while 64% disapprove.
Gun violence is another area of concern, with 32% approval compared to 60% disapproval.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted with 1,772 adults over the age of 18 from October 26 to 30 and had a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.