Although Republicans evaluate the numerous formidable contenders available for the 2024 presidential candidacy, with former President Donald Trump in the lead, Democrats lack a clear frontrunner for their campaign. Although President Joseph Biden has stated that he would compete for re-election, he has not made an official statement to that effect, and the consensus of People is gradually shifting against him. Quinnipiac reported in a November poll that 54 percent of Americans believe Biden would not seek re-election in 2024.
-Americans were asked about whether they’d be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who was endorsed by Joe Biden. Overall, 16 percent say they would be more likely to vote for the candidate, 29 percent say less likely, and 53 percent say it doesn’t make a difference.
-Among Democrats, 42 percent say they will be more likely to vote for the candidate, 53 percent say it doesn’t make a difference, and 3 percent say less likely.
-A majority of Americans, 54 – 33 percent, say they think Joe Biden will not run for president in 2024, with another 13 percent not offering an opinion.
-Just under half of Americans (48 percent) say they think it would be bad for the country if Joe Biden ran for president in 2024, while 37 percent think it would be good for the country.
In early February, an AP-NORC poll found that Biden only has support from 37 percent of Democrats for a second term. Prior to the midterms last November, the same poll found that 52 percent wanted Biden to run again in 2024. “While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes, and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger,” the Associated Press reported.
The AP report continued with bad news for Biden:
Overall, 41% approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, the poll shows, similar to ratings at the end of last year. A majority of Democrats still approve of the job Biden is doing as president, yet their appetite for a reelection campaign has slipped despite his electoral track record. Only 22% of U.S. adults overall say he should run again, down from 29% who said so before last year’s midterm elections.
The fall among Democrats who believe Biden should run for president again appears to be concentrated among younger voters. 49% of Democrats aged 45 and over believe Biden should seek re-election, almost the same percentage as in October (58%). 23% of those under the age of 45 now believe he should seek for re-election, compared to 45% before the midterms.
A brand new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that a majority of registered voters believe Biden is “too old for another term” in office. About seven in ten people (68%) stated that the president’s age of 80 is a concern for them. And, according to this latest survey, a growing number of Democrats concur with this judgment. Conservative Brief notes that over 48% of Democratic voters believe Biden’s age is an issue, while only 34% think the president’s age does not bother them.
The New York Post detailed more of the findings from the new poll:
“Eighteen percent of Democrats polled were not sure if Biden was too old for another term. Already the oldest president in US history, Biden would be 86 by the end of his second term if he were to win re-election in 2024. A majority of independents, 71%, also said that age 82 was too old to start a second term as president, which is how old Biden would be on his second Inauguration Day. Biden has not formally declared that he will run for a second term but he has said on several occasions that he intends to seek re-election.”
During a recent appearance in front of Democratic officials and activists last month, Biden signaled that a 2024 re-election announcement would certainly be forthcoming. “We’re just getting started. I intend to get… more done,” Biden told the Philadelphia throng. “As of this month, we’ve created 12 million new jobs. We’ve created more new jobs in two years than any president did in their entire term.”
Democrats must catch up with the times. The Republican primary train has left the station and is speeding across America, with former President Trump as the front-runner and Nikki Haley also on the campaign road. Ron DeSantis is expected to make an announcement soon, and additional Republican candidates are expected to begin announcing their intentions for 2024, but Trump is in such a commanding lead that speculation in the Republican camp has shifted to the numerous ideal candidates for Trump’s running mate.