Jul 6, 2023 - Politics

Poll: Trump, Biden have sizable leads in Tennessee

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Former President Trump is clobbering Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the other Republican challengers in a recent poll of registered Tennessee voters.

Meanwhile: President Biden enjoys a massive lead over the Democratic primary challengers, including Robert Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson.

Details: The poll was funded by the libertarian think tank the Beacon Center and conducted by Targoz Market Research.

  • Trump leads DeSantis 61% to 12%, according to the poll. Former Vice President Mike Pence has the support of 8% of registered voters.
  • Biden led Kennedy 63% to 7%.

Why it matters: Tennessee voters favor a rematch of the 2020 election. In that hypothetical head-to-head, Trump leads Biden 54% to 34% in Tennessee, according to the poll.

The intrigue: Although the poll underscored Tennessee's status as a deep red state, voters were split over the legislature's vote to expel state Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson.

  • According to the Beacon Center poll, 39% of voters approved of the expulsion, while 39% opposed it. The lawmakers were expelled after they interrupted a House session to express support for protesters calling for gun control measures in the wake of the Covenant School massacre.
  • Tennessee voters are also divided over whether Trump should have been indicted over his alleged mishandling of classified documents, with 43% support for and 44% opposition to the indictment.

Read the full poll results


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