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A Rep Amash POTUS Bid Could Impact Biden’s Campaign, Poll Shows

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A potential Rep. Justin Amash presidential bid hurts former Vice President Joe Biden more than President Donald Trump as the election rumbles toward November, a national poll showed.

A Monmouth University poll published Wednesday showed Biden leading the president 50% to 41% if the Michigan libertarian candidate is not included in the survey. The former vice president’s lead over Trump drops to 47% once Amash’s name is added to the equation, with Trump at 40%.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson kicked off his 2016 libertarian presidential bid with 11% support before earning only 3% of the national vote during that election, according to a March 2016 Monmouth poll. Amash launched an exploratory committee for his presidential run on April 28. (RELATED: Rep. Justin Amash Launches Exploratory Committee For Presidential Run)

“Overall, there is not as much of an appetite for a third option as there was four years ago. It’s too early to tell whether Amash will have an impact but if this election ends up being as close as 2016, even a small showing can have a crucial impact,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement announcing the poll’s findings.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 02: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Biden continues to campaign before the upcoming Super Tuesday Democratic presidential primaries. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Biden continues to campaign before the upcoming Super Tuesday Democratic presidential primaries. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Roughly 41% of people in the survey viewed Biden favorably, while 44% of respondents gave him an unfavorable rating, which is down from April, when he had a 41% favorable rating and a 42% unfavorable rating. Trump registered a negative 40% favorable to 53% unfavorable opinion.

The poll was conducted from April 30 to May 4 and is based on a sample of 739 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Amash is a frequent critic of the United States’ two-party political system and became a fervent opponent of Trump over the years, with the libertarian lawmaker eventually renouncing his affiliation with the Republican Party in 2019 and declaring himself an Independent, then bidding for the Libertarian Party’s official nomination. He voted to impeach the president in December 2019.

The poll’s findings seemed to justify concerns that the Michigan representative’s potential White House bid would hurt Biden more than Trump. “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, for instance, chided Joy Behar and her fellow co-hosts in late April for saying Amash’s decision could doom the president.

“So, Justin Amash is ostensibly a libertarian, you’re right, Joy. He’s a congressman from Michigan. Michigan is a swing state. There’s about 10% of the Republican demographic that are never-Trumpers that would in theory vote for Joe Biden, and they will be picked off from voting for Joe Biden, and vote for this libertarian candidate,” McCain said.

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