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U.S. Elections

Nearly 30% of Americans still undecided after CNN debate

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Ray Bogan

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Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have been public figures for decades. The 2024 election is a rematch from four years ago, and they’ve already debated. So how could nearly 30% of Americans not know who they’re voting for in November’s presidential election? According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, it’s true. 

The pollsters found that 28% of voters remain undecided while 72% have made up their minds. The survey was conducted after the CNN presidential debate on June 27. 

It’s also worth noting that, according to the poll, the Republican and Democratic parties’ approval ratings sit at 44% and 41% respectively. That’s important because the candidate at the top of the ticket can often impact congressional races beneath him. However, the poll shows that both parties will need to work hard to win over voters.

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During a recent episode of America Speaks with Frank Luntz, undecided voters explained why they still haven’t made up their mind. 

“I’m looking to see what’s going to be different for the next four years, other than the same stuff we’ve seen for the past eight that has been horrible,” Georgia resident Howard Giambrone said. 

“I have serious issues with both candidates, age being one of them,” Jon Herman of Arizona said. “And Trump, obviously, I’m tired of hearing all the stolen election bulls—t for the last four years, it wasn’t stolen. And Biden is like every day I see a gaffe or I see something out of his administration that makes me cringe, and it’s like, oh my god, is there anyone else?” 

“I don’t have confidence in either of the candidates,” Emily Murphy of Georgia said. “To be honest with you, I feel like I’m choosing between a circus and a nursing home, and that’s not the perception that I want our country to convey.”

The candidate’s favorability ratings shed more light on that attitude. Just like their parties, more people view the candidates more unfavorable than favorably. Donald Trump has a slight edge in this category, coming in at 46% over Joe Biden’s 39%. 

Polls also indicate Biden’s debate performance is dragging him down. 

A new CNN poll asked: “Do you think Democrats have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2024 if Joe Biden is the party’s nominee, or do they have a better chance of winning with someone else as the party’s nominee?”

About 75% said Democrats have a better chance with someone else. Biden’s approval rating is also at a new low according to the poll, at about 36%. 

If Democrats were to replace Biden, their new challenger wouldn’t necessarily beat Trump. The CNN poll found that California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are all behind the presumptive Republican nominee.

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[RAY BOGAN]

Both candidates have been public figures for decades, it’s a rematch from four years ago, and 

they’ve already debated. So how could nearly 30% of Americans not know who they’re voting for? According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, it’s true. 

The pollsters found that 28% of voters are still undecided about November’s presidential election, while 72% have made up their minds. The survey was conducted after the CNN Presidential debate. 

It’s also worth noting that, according to the poll, the Republican and Democratic party’s approval ratings are both underwater at 44% and 41% respectively. That’s important because the candidate at the top of the ticket can often impact senate and congressional races beneath him. But this poll shows that both parties will need to work hard to win over voters. 

During a recent episode of America Speaks with Frank Luntz, undecided voters explained why they still haven’t made up their mind. 

[HOWARD GIAMBRONE]

“I’m looking to see what’s going to be different for the next four years, other than the same stuff we’ve seen for the past eight that has been horrible,” Georgia resident Howard Giambrone said. 

[JON HERMAN]

“I have serious issues with both candidates, age being one of them. And Trump, obviously, I’m tired of hearing all the stolen election b*lls**t for the last four years, it wasn’t stolen,” Jon Herman of Arizona said. “And Biden is like every day I see a gaffe or I see something out of his administration that makes me cringe, and it’s like, oh my god, is there anyone else?” 

[EMILY MURPHY]

“I don’t have confidence in either of the candidates. To be honest with you, I feel like I’m choosing between a circus and a nursing home, and that’s not the perception that I want our country to convey,” Emily Murphy of Georgia said. 

[RAY BOGAN]

The candidate’s favorability ratings shed more light on that. Just like their parties, more people view the candidates unfavorable than favorably. Donald Trump has a slight edge in this category, coming in at 46% over Joe Biden’s 39%. 

Polls also indicate Biden’s debate performance is dragging him down. 

A new CNN poll asked:  Do you think Democrats have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2024 if Joe Biden is the party’s nominee, or do they have a better chance of winning with someone else as the party’s nominee? 75% said Democrats have a better chance with someone else. Biden’s approval rating is also at a new low according to the poll- 36%. 

But if Democrats were to replace Biden, their new challenger wouldn’t necessarily beat Trump. The CNN poll found that California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Transportation Sec. Pette Buttigieg and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are all behind the presumptive Republican nominee.