Jonathan Karl, a host on ABC, expressed surprise during a recent episode of “This Week” when discussing a poll conducted after the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
The poll indicated a close race between Trump and President Joe Biden if a 2024 election rematch were to occur.
The Quinnipiac poll showed Biden leading with 48% and Trump following closely at 44%. Karl highlighted that this poll was conducted mostly after Trump’s indictment and that the results were within the margin of error, essentially making it a statistical tie. He posed a question to the panelists, asking what this close race implied about Biden’s standing.
Donna Brazile, the former chair of the DNC, responded by stating that the poll results reflected a deeply divided nation. She emphasized Biden’s accomplishments, including the creation of 13 million jobs and the initiation of 35,000 projects across the country. Brazile questioned the focus on Trump, given his legal troubles, when there were positive developments to discuss.
Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, pointed out that both Biden and Trump had low approval ratings and that the majority of Americans did not want either to run for re-election. He also discussed the potential for a third-party candidate, stating that it might be a viable option given the unpopularity of both Biden and Trump.
Brazile suggested that Americans were seeking both “change” and “stability,” which might be the driving force behind No Labels, a centrist group aiming to support a third-party candidate in 2024.
Trump recently pleaded not guilty to 37 felony counts related to allegations of improper retention of classified records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. These charges were the result of an investigation led by Special Counsel Jack Smith.