Nikki Haley is GOP’s best chance to beat Biden in 2024: poll

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is the only Republican presidential candidate who would beat President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup, according to a new poll.

Haley, 51, had a lead of six percentage points over Biden, 80, in a CNN/SSRS poll released Thursday — with the president trailing Haley 49% to 43%.

She was the only Republican candidate to send Biden beyond the poll’s 3.5 percentage point margin of error.

Meanwhile, the other Republican candidates were all neck-and-neck with Biden, with the margin of error falling short.

Former President Donald Trump, 77, got 47% to Biden’s 46%, and former Vice President Mike Pence, 64, topped him 46% to 44%.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), 57, led Biden 46% to 44%, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 61, edged out Biden 44% to 42%.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis matched Biden with 47% each, while multimillionaire biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy trailed Biden 45% to 46%.

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Nikki Haley was the first heavyweight Republican to enter the fray in 2024 after Donald Trump.

1,259 registered voters took part in the survey from August 25th to 31st.

Still, nearly half (46%) of respondents thought any Republican candidate would be preferable to Biden, while a third (32%) said the incumbent would be better than any of his potential Republican opponents.

Two-thirds (67%) of Democrats wanted someone other than Biden to be the party’s standard bearer in 2024. However, the same number – 67% – also believed Biden would win the party’s endorsement.

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It has been aggressively storming the early states for months.

When asked about Trump, 44% said any Democrat would be preferable, while 38% said Trump would be preferred to all Democratic options.

Haley’s campaign team was able to quickly achieve victory in the polls, showing their commanding lead over Biden.

“NIKKI HALEY is our best hope to take back the White House. We only have one chance. It’s time to play to win,” campaign spokesman Ken Farnaso wrote on social media.

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Nikki Haley, the only major GOP woman in the race, jumped to fourth place in the 2024 RCP overall rankings after the Aug. 23 GOP debate.
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The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration saw his poll numbers rise in the final days following the debate.

Bidens The election campaign on Wednesday took a swipe at herFollowing her civic event with “Moms for Liberty,” she criticized the fact that she was oriented toward right-wing extremists when it came to education.

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The CNN poll also found that 61% of Americans believe President Biden was involved in his son Hunter’s business dealings.
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She is now in fourth place in the 2024 GOP polls, most recently behind Ramaswamy, DeSantis and Trump RealClearPolitics aggregate.

Trump is overwhelmingly ahead, with a stunning 38.7 percentage point lead over his closest opponent, DeSantis, overall.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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