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Independent candidates in US election take away Trump’s edge over Biden

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Washington: The participation of independent candidates in the upcoming presidential election in the United States benefits incumbent US President Joe Biden more than former US President Donald Trump, a new NBC poll has shown.

When choosing between the two candidates, the respondents favoured Trump over Biden with 46 per cent and 44 per cent, respectively, the poll’s results published on Sunday revealed.

However, the frontrunner is changed if three other candidates not associated with the major parties enter the race. Biden then receives 39% of the votes, Trump 37%, independent US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 13%, Jill Stein from the Green Party 3%, and philosopher Cornel West 2%.

The poll was conducted on April 12–16, with the participation of 1,000 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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