Biden and Trump court inde­pen­dent vot­ers amid third-par­ty threat

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden and for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the pre­sump­tive 2024 Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, are com­pet­ing for inde­pen­dent vot­ers, though Trump has an advan­tage almost a year before next year’s elec­tion.
But Biden and his pre­de­ces­sor may also have com­pe­ti­tion from inde­pen­dent and third-par­ty can­di­dates of the likes of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cor­nel West for the cru­cial vot­ing bloc, which is like­ly to decide who is in the White House in 2025.
A Suf­folk Uni­ver­si­ty-USA Today nation­al poll this week found Biden and Trump are tied with 37% sup­port each in a four-man race with Kennedy and West. Kennedy’s 13% sup­port dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly dis­ad­van­taged Trump, and West­’s 4% sup­port dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly dis­ad­van­taged Biden.
Suf­folk poll­ster David Pale­ol­o­gos cit­ed Biden’s age and infla­tion as con­sid­er­a­tions under­min­ing his pop­u­lar­i­ty, adding they are con­cerns that “aren’t going to go away any­time soon.”
“In the nation­al poll we just released, Biden trails Trump 36%-33% among vot­er house­holds earn­ing less than $50,000, a demo­graph­ic that should be a Demo­c­ra­t­ic strong­hold because it includes …