Amash unlikely to be a spoiler for Biden or Trump, poll says
Justin Amash’s third-party bid for the White House looks unlikely to be a spoiler for either Joe Biden or Donald Trump in the November election, according to a poll released by Monmouth University on Wednesday.
Biden has support from 47% of registered voters in the poll, Trump has 40% and Amash receives 5%. Amash is a representative from Michigan who left the Republican party in 2019 and is a vocal critic of Trump. He announced his candidacy as a Libertarian Party candidate in late April.
Without Amash in the race, Biden is supported by 50% of registered voters and Trump by 41% with 3% saying they plan to back an independent candidate and 5% undecided. Biden’s edge against Trump has slightly improved from April, when the presumed Democratic nominee led the president 48% to 44%.
Trump’s job approval numbers have also gone down slightly, with a 40% favorable rating and 53% unfavorable. Last month, the Monmouth poll found Trump with 42% favorable, 50% unfavorable. He had 46% favorable and 49% unfavorable in March.
The Monmouth poll was conducted April 30-May 4 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
An earlier version of this story claimed Amash left the Republican party in 2018. He left the GOP on July 4, 2019.