(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In a shocking turn of events for the 2024 presidential race, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is shaping up to be a formidable force, capturing 22% of votes in a hypothetical matchup featuring Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
This triangular dynamic sees Biden with a narrow lead of 39% against Trump’s 36%. Kennedy’s campaign is drawing particular interest from independent voters, who seem to align with him over the traditional party frontrunners, granting him 36% of their support in this scenario, with Trump trailing at 31% and Biden at 30%.
When considering a four-way contest including progressive activist Cornel West, the survey depicts an even tighter race between Biden and Trump, each receiving 36% and 35%, respectively, while Kennedy maintains a strong showing with 19%, and West enters the fray with 6%. This configuration underscores Kennedy’s cross-demographic appeal, mirroring the allure his father and uncles held in bygone eras, as noted by Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
Kennedy, distinguished by his lineage as the son of the late U.S. Attorney General and presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, voiced to Newsmax Magazine his ambition to “rewrite the assumptions and change the habits of American politics.”
Amid a head-to-head standoff, the polling data indicates a virtual tie between Biden and Trump, with each holding nearly equal support among independents. The slight lead that Biden enjoys is consistent with prior months’ surveys, illustrating a fiercely competitive and largely unchanged political landscape.
Biden’s approval ratings, particularly concerning the southern border crisis and gun violence, reflect significant public disapproval, potentially fueling a more energized electorate. The latest findings reveal that 48% of voters feel more motivated to cast their ballots in the upcoming election than in previous cycles, including a notable 58% of Republicans.
The Quinnipiac poll, which sampled 1,772 adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points, has been paralleled by another survey that included 1,610 self-identified registered voters and carried a similar margin of error. This consistency in polling suggests a persisting intrigue regarding Kennedy’s independent bid’s impact on the traditional two-party race.
The Republican National Committee has openly criticized Kennedy’s shift from the Democratic Party to an independent candidacy, with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel branding him a “typical elitist liberal,” insinuating that his progressive positions, such as endorsing Hillary Clinton and supporting the Green New Deal, betray any independent label.