According to the most recent Economist/YouGov poll, Robert F. Kennedy, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024, has a greater favorability rating than rivals on both sides of the political spectrum.
“According to a recent survey, I have a greater favorability rating than the other leading 2024 contenders. The presidential contender praised the poll’s findings in a post on social media with the hashtag #Kennedy24.”
In fact, the poll revealed that 50% of registered voters had at least a “slight” favorable opinion of Kennedy. 13 percent of them had a “very” favorable opinion. Unlike many of his rivals, he has a higher favorability rating among registered voters, with only 32% having a negative opinion of the Democrat.
In addition, just 19 percent of registered voters regard fellow Democrat contender Marianne Williamson positively, compared to a 26 percent tendency for a negative opinion. However, the majority, or 55%, “don’t know.”
Kennedy also has a higher approval rating than President Biden, with just 53% of registered voters having a negative opinion of the president compared to 45% who somewhat favor him. But among Democrats particularly, 82 percent of people have a favorable opinion of Biden, as opposed to 44 percent of people who said the same about Kennedy.
Kennedy ranks better on the favorability scale than other leading Republican contenders as well. For instance, just 45% of registered voters think at least somewhat highly of former President Donald Trump, and only 42% think the same of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. These numbers are below the 50% Kennedy received from registered voters.
This pattern is seen throughout the GOP primary, where 37% of voters think favorably of former Vice President Mike Pence, 28% of voters think favorably of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 35% of voters think favorably of former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, 27% of voters think favorably of anti-woke businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and 36% of voters think favorably of South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
1,500 adult citizens of the United States were polled between June 10 and 13, 2023.
In recent weeks, Kennedy has drawn notice for his populist viewpoints, which include his critique of Biden’s border problem.
Kennedy stated, “We ought to have closed our borders and increased immigration,” during a conversation on The Cats Roundtable in May.
“Saying that it is necessary to have a controlled immigration strategy and seal our borders is not racist or inappropriate. I would increase orderly, sensible legal immigration to this nation while simultaneously making sure that our borders are impenetrable,” he continued.
According to a May Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll, 79% of Biden supporters think the Democratic Party should host a televised primary discussion between the contenders.