Joe Biden appears to be gearing up for a re-election campaign, but voters are far from excited. A third of Biden’s own 2020 voters do not want him to run for a second term, a new poll found.
The YouGov/The Economist survey found that 36 percent of Biden’s 2020 voters do not want him to run again, while just 43 percent of Democrats do.
It’s the latest poll reflecting a lack of enthusiasm for the 80-year-old Biden, the oldest president in American history.
The poll also found that just 26 percent of registered voters want Biden to run again, while 59 percent do not.
Biden’s base softens up
General voter enthusiasm for Donald Trump’s 2024 bid isn’t much higher, but Biden’s base appears to be softer than Trump’s.
55 percent of 2020 Trump voters say he should run again, compared to just 39 percent of Biden voters who say the same about their man.
Nearly half (44 percent) of black voters, one of the Democratic party’s most reliable blocs, say they don’t want Biden to run in 2024. 59 percent of independents said the same.
Consistent with many polls, the survey found broad dissatisfaction with Biden’s job performance, with just 27 percent of registered voters saying the country is moving in the right direction. The poll was taken February 25-28, 2023, among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens.
A separate poll from the AP found that the percentage of Democrats who want Biden to run has dropped some fifteen points since November, from 52 to 37.
Stuck with Joe
While Democrats may not be thrilled to vote for Biden again, the party machine has already started lining up behind him.
He has been kept afloat by a lack of viable alternatives, with his own vice president having lost the confidence of Democratic leadership.
Biden also received a boost with the failure of a “red wave” to appear in the midterm elections last year, which reassured party leaders with doubts about his viability.
Biden struck a triumphant tone at a partisan conference in Baltimore last week, where he vowed to complete “unfinished business.”
“As much as we’ve done, we have a lot of unfinished business as well to finish the job that needs to be done,” Biden said. “But we’ve got more to do … We’ve just got to keep going.”