Despite what many experts believed just weeks ago (including Kennedy’s own family), a recent poll found that Robert F. Kennedy’s independent run for the White House would handily give Biden another four years.
In a hypothetical three-way race between current President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and Robert Kennedy, Biden would easily win and retake the White House.
In the hypothetical poll, Biden got 44% of the vote. Trump received 37%, and Kennedy got a mere 16%, representing a fairly respectable showing for a third-party candidate.
“Although it’s always tricky to assess the impact of a third-party candidate, right now Kennedy alters the equation in Biden’s favor,” says Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “What this does speak to, however, is that about one in six voters are looking for another option, especially independents.”
His own family has denounced Kennedy for his third-party run. Kennedy’s sister Kerry said their brother doesn’t represent their values and “we denounce his candidacy and believe it to be perilous for our country,” assuming Kennedy would hurt Biden’s chances more than Trump’s.
Kennedy responded on Fox News by saying he loves his family and that all families have disputes.
“I’ve got a lot of family members who are supporting me. There’s a lot of members of my family who are working for the Biden administration, and they have their own opinions about issues.”