Americans believe former President Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate capable of defeating President Joe Biden in the general election, according to new polls.
The former president also dominates the GOP primary field and has a decisive lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.
A recent poll by Premise found that when Americans were given a choice between Trump and Biden, 43 percent preferred Trump, 38 percent preferred Biden, and 18 percent remained undecided.
In a hypothetical general election between Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 37 percent said they preferred Biden, 33 percent said they preferred DeSantis, and 29 percent were unsure.
In the race for the GOP nomination, Trump has a 37-point lead over his nearest challenger, DeSantis, with 58 percent of likely Republican primary voters saying they prefer Trump to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, compared to 21 percent who said the same about DeSantis.
Former vice president Mike Pence received 5 percent support, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley received 3 percent, and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy managed 1 percent.
The Premise poll with Trump ahead of Biden by five points comes as an Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center poll released last week showed Biden’s approval rating among black voters, a key demographic that has historically supported Democrats in national elections, was down to 58 percent.
In the early days of Biden’s presidency, nearly nine out of 10 black voters approved of his job performance.
DeSantis also appears to be in trouble according to a Florida Atlantic University and Mainstreet Research poll, that shows, despite his legal troubles, Trump still achieves 69 percent support among registered Florida Republican voters, with 59 percent preferring Trump to 31 percent preferring DeSantis.