President Joe Biden has long been on the receiving end of attacks from Republicans, many of whom contend that he is not qualified to serve as president. Now, however, it’s not just those on the right who are losing their confidence in the commander-in-chief.
According to Breitbart, a Yahoo News poll conducted earlier this month found that only 34% of likely Democratic primary voters want to see Biden seek another term in the White House. More Dems — a whopping 40% — want someone else to run.
Dems wavering on Biden 2024
In another troubling sign for the White House, the survey, taken between Dec. 9 and Dec. 13, also found that almost 1 out of every 5 Democrats either somewhat or strongly disapprove of how Biden has been handling his job as president.
Meanwhile, just under 1 in 3 Democrats say that the country is headed on the wrong track. Another 20% said they weren’t sure.
Biden polled particularly poorly on his handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with a mere 62% of Democrats expressing their approval of his actions.
In addition to his dismal performance among registered Democrats, the president also got poor numbers from demographic groups that his party has traditionally relied upon for support. Biden has the support of just 60% of Black voters, and Hispanic voters were close to an even split, with 46% approving of Biden and 46% disapproving.
Of those, 23% said they strongly disapprove.
The question remains
Of course, it’s not just voters who are suggesting Biden might not mount another bid for the White House in 2024. Biden himself helped fuel speculation about his future with his response to a recent question from ABC News host David Muir.
Asked whether a 2024 campaign is still on the table, Biden said, “Yes, but look, I’m a great respecter of fate.”
“Fate has intervened in my life many, many times,” he added, according to Breitbart. “If I’m in the health I’m in now, if I’m in good health, then, in fact, I would run again.”
For her part, Vice President Kamala Harris gave a curious answer when the subject recently came up with the Wall Street Journal, saying, “We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election.”
With numbers like these, they may want to start bringing that topic up in conversation sooner than later.