Most Democrats do not want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll. Just 26% of Democrat voters support a second term for Biden, and 64% of them want a new candidate.
“President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party,” the New York Times wrote, saying that voters have soured on his leadership. The poll also gives Biden a 33% job-approval rating; other contemporary polls give Biden a 29% approval rating.
“Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have helped turn the national mood decidedly dark, both on Mr. Biden and the trajectory of the nation. More than three-quarters of registered voters see the United States moving in the wrong direction, a pervasive sense of pessimism that spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties,” the newspaper wrote.
Swing voters — those not registered with either major party — disapprove of Biden by more than 66%, while 70% of Democrats approve of Biden’s performance.
Young Democrats are especially in a mood: Some 94% of Democrats under 30 saying they’re done with Biden as the party’s 2024 nominee: “In saying they wanted a different nominee in 2024, Democrats cited a variety of reasons, with the most in an open-ended question citing his age (33%), followed closely by unhappiness with how he is doing the job. About one in eight Democrats just said that they wanted someone new, and one in 10 said he was not progressive enough. Smaller fractions expressed doubts about his ability to win and his mental acuity.”
Those surveyed — 849 registered voters — gave Biden a slight edge over former President Donald Trump: 44-41% in a hypothetical 2024 rematch.
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