Joe Biden falls to 16 points behind Trump in those who think he’s competent as ex-president stands 5% ahead in a general election matchup

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • New NBC News poll shows Trump pulling ahead of Biden in nearly every area
  • Poll has Biden at all time low with just 37% approval and 60%  disapproval
  • Comes after Biden won the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday 

Donald Trump is beating out President Joe Biden on several key issues, with just months until the conventions officially kick off the 2024 general election season.

Most notably, Trump has jumped ahead of Biden when it comes to voters’ view on the two elderly candidates’ competence and effectiveness as leaders. In June 2020, Trump, 77, trailed Biden, 81, by 9 percent in this category, but a new NBC News poll released on Sunday shows the former president now ahead by 16 points – 48 percent to 32 percent.

Competence has become a huge issue in the 2024 race and the two frontrunners are in theirs late 70s and early 80s, leading to questions over their physical and mental fitness for office with an increasing number of gaffes and missteps from the campaign trail.

A new NBC News poll released on Sunday shows Donald Trump pulling ahead of President Joe Biden in nearly every category – from competence to border security and economy

The poll is released after Biden won the South Carolina Democratic primary election on Saturday. Pictured: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on February 3

The poll is released after Biden won the South Carolina Democratic primary election on Saturday. Pictured: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on February 3

But on handling of the economy, Trump is also ahead by 22 percentage points – 55 percent to Biden’s 33 percent approval. Many surveys and polls show voters are concerned with whether either men are fit to run the country.

The largest gap, however, is in the handling of immigration and securing the southern border where 57 percent of voters say they approve of Trump’s handling compared to the just 22 percent who say Biden has done well in that area.

This comes as Congress works to unveil a border security bill, which is likely to be released on Sunday.

The NBC News survey taken among 1,000 voters from January 26-30 has Biden at an all time low approval in this particular polling’s history. The president stands at 60 present disapproval and just 37 percent approval.

It also shows Trump 5 percentage points ahead of Biden in a hypothetical general election matchup. 

The same poll has Biden at an all time low approval with just 37 percent approval and 60 percent disapproval

The same poll has Biden at an all time low approval with just 37 percent approval and 60 percent disapproval

In July and August, the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee will hold their respective conventions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. Those conventions will officially determine the general matchup tickets for 2024, which will more than likely be a rematch between Trump and Biden.

The results of the NBC News poll were released the day after Biden won the Democratic primary election in South Carolina on Saturday.

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