The hosts of ‘The Five’ recently delved into the widening gap between former President Trump and President Biden in a new poll, specifically focusing on small-dollar donations, a crucial indicator of overall candidate enthusiasm. Federal data reveals that Trump’s campaign significantly outpaced Biden’s in this category, securing approximately 668,000 donations of less than $200 in 2023, compared to Biden’s 564,000. Small-dollar contributions often reflect grassroots support, showcasing Trump’s enduring popularity among the electorate.
Despite Trump’s lead in small-dollar donations, Biden’s campaign ended the year with more cash on hand than Trump’s, raising questions about the differing fundraising strategies. Biden’s focus on wealthy Democratic donors seems evident, leveraging a different financial approach. The analysis suggests that while Trump’s support is widespread, Biden’s financial strategy prioritizes tapping into wealthier contributors.
Trump’s dominance in small-dollar donations isn’t limited to traditional Republican strongholds but extends into key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada. This broad support underscores Trump’s enduring appeal across various demographics, challenging the narrative that his popularity is confined to specific regions.
The discussion on campaign contributions coincides with a national NBC News poll that further illustrates Trump’s lead over Biden in various aspects, including handling immigration, the economy, border security, and addressing crime and violence. Despite Biden’s claims of economic progress, the poll indicates that voters are more inclined to trust Trump on critical issues, casting doubt on the effectiveness of the current administration’s policies.
The NBC poll unveils Trump’s overall advantage, with a five-percentage-point lead over Biden (47% to 42%) among registered voters in a hypothetical 2024 general election rematch. These findings suggest that Trump maintains a formidable presence in American politics, raising concerns for Democrats as they navigate the upcoming election cycle.