ABC Panelist Points Out Trump’s Base Is More Energized Than Biden’s

An ABC panelist said Donald Trump is far more popular with Republicans than Joe Biden is among Democrats. Former Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur said, “Ask them about the economy, ask them about foreign policy, Donald Trump beats Joe Biden on all of these measures.”

Her remarks reflect various polls and surveys conducted throughout 2022 and 2023 that reveal high levels of Democrat discomfort at the prospect of another Biden term in the White House. Last July, a majority of 64% of Democrats said they did not want Biden to be the party’s nominee in 2024. The figure was even higher among young people, with 94% of under-30s saying they’d prefer another candidate. The number one reason for the President’s lack of support was his age – if re-elected next year, Biden will be 86 at the end of his second term.

More recently, an AP-NORC survey, conducted in April, revealed that only 27% of voters are happy to see Biden in the 2024 race, with 70% opposed. By contrast, in an NBC poll in April, 70% of Republicans said they would stand by Trump regardless of the federal and criminal charges he is facing. The former President is racing far ahead of all other GOP contenders, and polls place him with an average of around 52% support.

The nearest competition for President Trump remains Ron DeSantis, although Trump’s lead is growing. In a CNN poll conducted after the Justice Department indicted the former President for allegedly trying to disrupt the transfer of power to Joe Biden, Donald Trump had stormed ahead of DeSantis. 

Eliminating all other candidates, Trump’s support was at 62% among Republican voters, compared to just 31% for DeSantis. Counting all candidates, Trump leads by 54% to DeSantis’ 17%. CNN reporter Harry Enton said separate surveys were conducted among 26 different demographic groups of Republican voters, and Trump was the frontrunner, by double digits, in all 26 groups.