This week, Melania Trump made a rare public appearance to attend the tribute service for Rosalynn Carter in Georgia.
Joining her were current First Lady Jill Biden and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton to honor the late first lady.
Former President Jimmy Carter, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and former President Bill Clinton are expected to be in attendance as well. Former President Barack Obama will not be present.
On Sunday, Mrs. Carter passed away at her home in Plains, Georgia, two days after being placed in hospice care. Her husband of 97 years and former President Jimmy Carter was present at the time.
As reported by The Washington Post, Mr. Carter was by her side as she passed away.
The decision for Michelle Obama to take a plane alone to campaign for Joe Biden is seen as a powerful statement about her involvement in his presidential run.
Though she has denied any plans to run for president herself, Democrats are concerned about Joe Biden’s prospects going into 2024 elections.
Joe Biden seen deplaning Air Force One with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama in Georgia ???? pic.twitter.com/ghPBADXEY3
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 28, 2023
It is evident that President Joe Biden’s policies have not been successful, and his health has become a growing concern.
According to a Yahoo News and YouGov poll, 54% of people said they felt Biden does not have the necessary capability to be president for the next four years.
These sentiments were also reflected in New York Times/Siena College polls that showed Trump leading in four of six swing states. In addition, Biden’s lead over Trump in head-to-head matchups has decreased significantly since early November.
In the most recent polls conducted this month by thirteen different pollsters, Biden’s standing has been lower than in their earlier surveys with only two exceptions.
Furthermore, Trump is beginning to gain traction, as indicated by polls showing a majority of shifted votes coming from those who have previously supported Biden yet remain undecided.
The average national poll reveals that Trump has had his largest vote share in the past year.
Moreover, data at the state level shows encouraging news for Trump; apart from the New York Times and Siena polls, additional surveys indicate that he is leading by 8 points in Arizona and 5 points in Michigan.
Recent polls have indicated a tight race between Biden and his dependable Democratic constituencies. In surveys conducted this month by Quinnipiac University, Fox News, and Morning Consult, Biden’s leads among voters aged 18 to 34 ranged from +2% to +9%.
However, the NBC News poll released this week reported that Trump had defeated Biden 46 percent to 42 percent among voters under the age of 35 (though it should be noted that this result was within the wide margin of error for such a small subgroup).
Though Biden has never performed particularly well in polls with younger voters – he is the oldest president in history – phone surveys can be challenging when attempting to reach them. Of the four voter surveys mentioned above, only Morning Consult was not conducted via telephone.
A number of other factors could also influence the election results: independent and third-party candidates who could draw votes away from both Biden and Trump; war in the Middle East; and Biden’s recent decline in popularity approximately 11 months before Election Day.
It remains to be seen how these issues will affect November’s outcome.
FiveThirtyEight’s average for this month showed that Biden’s approval rating had dropped to 38%, the lowest since July 2022. Similarly, RealClearPolitics found that his reading of 40% this month was the lowest since August 2022.
On the other hand, Trump’s popularity appears to be on the rise.
In RealClearPolitics’ head-to-head comparisons between the two candidates over the past year, he has been between 42 and 46 percent. This month, Trump surpassed 46 percent for the first time and even matched his vote share from 2020 elections with 47%.
A Fox News poll revealed that he currently leads Biden by a slim margin of 50% to 46%.