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Republicans are showing significantly higher enthusiasm for the 2024 election rematch between President Biden and former President Donald Trump compared to Democrats and independent voters, as revealed by a new national poll from the Monmouth University Polling Institute. While enthusiasm among all registered voters for this rematch has increased by 12 points over the past year, reaching 39%, there remains a stark partisan divide in the levels of enthusiasm.

The poll indicates that 63% of Republicans are either very or somewhat enthusiastic about the potential rematch, highlighting a strong level of support and anticipation within the GOP for Trump’s return to the presidential race. In contrast, only 36% of Democrats and 27% of independents share this level of enthusiasm, showcasing a less enthusiastic response from these groups.

The survey also reflects a closely contested race between Biden and Trump, with 44% indicating they will definitely or probably support Trump and 43% saying the same about Biden. Additionally, a significant portion, 49%, expressed that they would definitely not vote for Biden, while 48% said the same about Trump, indicating a polarized electorate with substantial portions firmly opposed to each candidate.

Regarding independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the poll suggests limited support, with 18% indicating they would definitely or probably vote for him. However, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, Patrick Murray, noted that Kennedy’s impact may be minimal unless the election is extremely close, raising questions about his role beyond potentially being a spoiler candidate.

The top issues driving voters’ choices in the presidential election include inflation, economic growth and jobs, immigration, and abortion. For Republicans, immigration and inflation are the most critical issues shaping their vote, while Democrats prioritize abortion. Murray highlighted that these issues serve as motivators for voters, particularly those who are undecided or open to changing their vote, with inflation emerging as a significant concern.

Overall, the Monmouth University Poll underscores the intense partisan divisions and key issues driving voter preferences in the upcoming election. The survey, conducted from April 18 to 22, provides insights into the dynamics shaping the political landscape as the 2024 election approaches.