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Trump “steals” Biden’s base from 2020: Florida poll reveals unexpected shift among Democratic voters could influence election outcome


Florida – More than two months ago a poll showed that the former president Donald Trump started to gain unexpected approval from the very group that has long opposed him. Despite being historically criticized by Democrats for his policies on immigration, economy, etc., the poll conducted between February 21 and 22 indicated that significant number of Democrats expressed approval of Trump’s performance during his presidency.

Surprising Shift in Voter Allegiance

And now, new poll conducted recently by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) suggests a potential shift in the upcoming election dynamics as the former president Donald Trump is reportedly gaining traction among those who voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

According to the poll, Trump is currently leading Biden by a narrow margin of 47 to 45 percent among likely voters. The data also indicates that 6 percent of those who voted for Biden in 2020 are now considering casting their vote for Trump in the upcoming election. This shift could be pivotal in what is expected to be a closely contested battle for the presidency later this year.

Michael Binder, the faculty director at PORL, highlighted the importance of these figures. “The numbers are a big deal,” Binder explained. “Biden was plus-six [percentage points] in 2020 vote totals. It’s not like this is a [polling] sample laden with a bunch of Republicans. If you’re a Democrat, I’d be worried.”

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The survey, which involved 745 likely voters from across the country, was conducted between April 8 and April 20, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Challenges Facing Both Candidates

As the election approaches, both Biden and Trump are facing various challenges that could impact their appeal to voters. Biden has been criticized for his administration’s handling of illegal immigration and his response to the Israel-Hamas conflict and related domestic protests. These issues have complicated his administration’s efforts to maintain support among some segments of the electorate.

Meanwhile, Trump is dealing with multiple legal challenges across several states, including Florida, New York, Georgia, and Washington D.C., related to different criminal charges. Despite these hurdles, Trump continues to maintain his innocence.

Potential Impact of a Trump Conviction

The poll also explored the potential impact of a Trump conviction in one or more of his ongoing trials. While 67 percent of respondents said a conviction would not change their support for Trump, 24 percent stated they would be less likely to vote for him, and 7 percent said they would be more likely to support him. Notably, 9 percent of Trump’s current supporters mentioned they would be less inclined to support him if he were convicted, a factor that could be crucial in a tight election race.

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Additionally, 27 percent of independent voters, and 9 percent of Trump voters expressed that a conviction would make them less likely to vote for Trump. Binder emphasized the significance of these percentages: “Elections are close and if you lose 9 percent—heck, even 6 percent—that’s gonna be problematic.”

As the election nears, the dynamics between the candidates remain fluid, with voter sentiments shifting in response to the unfolding political and legal dramas. This change among former Biden voters toward Trump underscores the unpredictable nature of this electoral cycle and the potential for further shifts as November approaches.

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