Polls: Trump leads Biden in expected November presidential election

In this combination of photos, President Joe Biden speaks on Aug. 10, 2023, in Salt Lake City, left, and former President Donald Trump speaks on June 13, 2023, in Bedminster, New Jersey. (AP Photo)

RALEIGH — Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in a pair of polls that were released last week by East Carolina University and Fox News.

The ECU poll found that Trump leads Biden 47% to 44%, with third-party candidates earning around 4% of the vote.

In its poll, Fox News showed Trump 50% to Biden’s 45% in a head-to-head matchup. Including third-party candidates, Trump led Biden by 47% to 36%, with independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at 8%.

Additionally, the ECU poll showed Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein and Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson with 57% and 53% of the vote in their respective gubernatorial primaries.

“Unless there is an extraordinary shift in issues or events, Mark Robinson is very likely to be the Republican Party’s nominee for governor. It is also apparent that Josh Stein is all but certain to be the Democrats’ choice for governor,” said Dr. Peter Francia, Director of the ECU Center for Survey Research.

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