Washington: According to a new survey, Indian-American and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is ahead of President Joe Biden in the race for the 2024 elections, although she is ahead of Indian-origin Vivek Ramaswamy. A Harvard Capps-Harris Poll survey released this week found Donald Trump trailing Haley and Tim Scott among US presidential candidates, but ahead of Indian-American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. When asked about a hypothetical contest between Haley and Biden in 2024, 41 percent of respondents said they would support Haley, while 37 percent said they would support the current president.
Twenty-one percent of respondents said they didn’t know or were unsure who they would support, Biden or Haley. Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, told The Hill, ‘There’s no doubt that President Joe Biden is lagging in the national survey numbers and that multiple candidates are now ahead of him.’ “This is a new development as (non-Trump) potential opponents like Haley get exposure.” The poll, shared with The Hill, found that 44 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump, while 40 percent said they would support Biden.
As The Hill reports, a separate 15 percent said they were unsure or didn’t know, which was largely unchanged from a similar Harvard CAPS-Harris poll in July, which found Trump at 45 percent and Biden at 45 percent. Got 40 percent votes. When asked about the contest between Biden and Scott, the survey, conducted with 2,103 registered voters from September 12-14, found Biden receiving 37 percent of the vote, while Scott received 39 percent. Biden outperformed Vivek Ramaswami, another Indian-American in the race.
The 80-year-old also performed well against former Vice President Mike Pence and DeSantis, but several negative polls point to his age as an issue for the president. Biden, America’s oldest President so far, recently said that it seems many people are focused on his age. He said, ‘I get it, believe me, I know it more than anyone. I am in the race because democracy is at stake. Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy.’ Assessing how Republican candidates would fare against Vice President Kamala Harris, the survey found that Trump was the only candidate who would defeat Harris in a head-to-head contest (46 percent: 40 percent).