If Joe Biden doesn’t seek re-election, two New Jersey Democrats are registering in a national poll of possible presidential contenders.
A McLaughlin & Associates poll that was in the field from August 20-24 put U.S. Senator Cory Booker at 3% and Gov. Phil Murphy at 1% among Democratic primary voters.
Murphy began registering in the monthly McLaughlin poll in June and has been at 1% for each of the last three months. He’s about where Bernie Sanders was in the summer of 2014.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama (16%) and Vice President Kamala Harris (15%) lead the pack in a potential post-Biden Democratic presidential race, followed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (7%), former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (7%) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (6%).
Among Republican primary voters, former President Donald Trump leads Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 55%-15%, with former Vice President Mike Pence in third place with 6%. U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) follows at 4%, followed by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) at 3%.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t register in the McLaughlin poll, which has reported at least some support for 18 other potential candidates since November 2020.
Without trump in the race, DeSantis leads Donald Trump, Jr., 26%-18%, with Pence at 13%. Sixteen other possible GOP presidential candidates scored at least 1%, but Christie again didn’t register.
The poll put Biden’s job approval rating at 43%-55%, better than the 39%-60% he registered in a July McLaughlin poll.
On the Democratic side, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and California Gov. Gavin Newsom are at 4%, and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is running for governor of Texas this year, is at 3%.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R-New York), actor Matthew McConaughey, and television personality Oprah Winfrey are at 2%.
The McLaughlin poll puts former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York); New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and billionaire hedge fund manager/2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer at 1%. Cuomo was a 5% in November and December 2020. Adams has an apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Two Colorado Democrats who had previously polled ahead of Murphy are no longer registering: U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper and Gov. Jared Polis.