(The Hill) — Former President Trump is leading President Biden and Democrat-turned-independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in a three-way race, a new poll found.
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, shared with The Hill, showed Trump receiving 39 percent, Biden receiving 33 percent and Kennedy receiving 19 percent in a three-way race. A separate 9 percent said they did not know or were unsure.
When those who were unsure were asked who they would vote for if they had to choose, Trump received 42 percent support, Biden received 36 percent and Kennedy received 22 percent.
In a two-way race, Trump holds a 5 percentage-point lead over Biden, with the former president receiving 46 percent and Biden receiving 41 percent. Fourteen percent of respondents said they were unsure or didn’t know.
The survey noted that Biden gained 1 percentage point since a similar survey was conducted in September, while Trump gained 2 percentage points.
Biden still leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley in separate head-to-head matchups.
Between Biden and DeSantis, Biden receives 44 percent while DeSantis receives 40 percent. Between Biden and Haley, the president sat at 42 percent while Haley received 38 percent.
The survey also indicated that Trump received the highest percentage of support when GOP voters were asked who they would vote for if the 2024 Republican primary were held today. Trump received 60 percent while DeSantis received 11 percent and all others received less than 10 percent respectively, according to the poll.
“Trump’s polling continues to defy gravity both in the primary and the general election. Kennedy right now doesn’t change the result — an election held today would elect Donald Trump,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, said. “There is a lot of time and events to go but Trump has a significant edge at the starting line.”
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll was conducted Oct. 18-19 with 2,116 registered voters. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll.
The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Poll and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.