Nikki Haley could defeat Biden by larger margin than Trump: Poll

Haley holds a 17-point lead against Biden, compared to Donald Trump's four-point lead, the WSJ poll found.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley could defeat Joe Biden by a bigger margin than GOP frontrunner Donald Trump / Instagram/LibraryofCongress

Indian American presidential primary candidate Nikki Haley fares much better against reigning president Joe Biden, a new poll has found. 

As per the poll conducted by Wall Street Journal, Biden is trailing behind Haley, as well as the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. However, he is trailing by a much larger margin behind Haley, in comparison to Trump.

“Haley, a former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador, tops Biden in a test match-up by 17 points, 51 percent to 34 percent compared with Trump’s four-point lead,” the WSJ report says. While Trump remains the frontrunner with nearly 60 per cent support in the upcoming Republican primary, the poll finds Haley would be a “stronger” general election candidate. 

36 per cent of voters said they would vote for Haley in a head-to-head matchup against Biden, and 24 per cent said they would choose the latter, while 15 per cent of the voters remained undecided. 

As per the other findings of the poll, 15 per cent registered voters said they would vote for Haley if the Republican presidential caucus/primary were held today. She fared much better on this front, compared to April and August 2023 where only 5 and 8 per cent of voters said they would choose Haley.

Trump’s performance also saw an upward trend since April where 48 per cent of voters supported him, compared to August and December 2023 when 59 per cent of voters said they would vote for him. 

The poll was conducted between November 29 to December 4. Over 1,500 registered voters were surveyed through landline and cellphone interviews, and online polls.