Trump wins three-way race with Biden, RFK Jr.: poll

"Trump’s polling continues to defy gravity both in the primary and the general election," poll co-director Mark Penn said.

Published: October 20, 2023 8:15pm

Former President Donald Trump would emerge as the victor of a three-way presidential race including President Joe Biden and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a recent survey has revealed.

Trump claimed 39% support in a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, originally published by The Hill. Biden trailed with 33% to Kennedy's 19%. A further 9% were undecided. Of those, 42% would back Trump if they had to make a decision, 36% would choose Biden, and 22% would opt for Kennedy.

Kennedy originally announced his campaign as a Democratic challenger to President Joe Biden, but in October dropped that bid in favor of an independent run amid frustrations with the party. The Democratic National Committee chose not to hold primary debates despite the presence of two challengers to Biden: Kennedy and Hollywood author Marianne Williamson.

Removing Kennedy from the contest, Trump remains the clear leader in the White House race, taking 5% lead over Biden, 46% to 41%. On average, Trump leads by 0.6%, according to RealClearPolitics.

"Trump’s polling continues to defy gravity both in the primary and the general election. Kennedy right now doesn’t change the result — an election held today would elect Donald Trump," poll co-director Mark Penn said.

In the Republican primary, Trump remains the front runner, earning 60% support to nearest rival Ron DeSantis's 11%. Conducted Oct. 18-19, the survey questioned 2,116 registered voters.

Kennedy's candidacy has attracted considerable attention as a potential spoiler for either candidate, though his bid is not the only campaign outside of the two traditional parties. Left-wing intellectual Cornel West has also declared his candidacy.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter. 

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