For months, President Joe Biden has been telling journalists that plans to run for a second term in 2024. However, one former Obama adviser recently said that his poll numbers might make him reconsider.
Poll shows three-quarters of Democrats want someone else to run
That assessment was offered by David Axelrod during an interview with CNN on Tuesday. Axelrod singled out a CNN poll which found that 75% of Democrats want their party to nominate someone else.
That figure is up from the 51% who said the same thing in another poll that was carried out in January and February.
What’s more, the recent poll also showed that some 24% of Democrats do not believe Biden is capable of beating any Republican challenger.
“I mean, obviously, this is a very unhappy bit of data for him. I’m sure, you know, it is concerning,” Newsweek quoted Axelrod as saying.
“But we should point out that he’s got two and a half years before the next election, or a little less than two and a half years, so you can over—you can get overly focused on one number,” he acknowledged.
Still, Axelrod went on to emphasize how “there are a series of numbers that are not good for his overall approval rating.”
Axelrod says Biden’s age will work against
This is not the first time that Axelrod has expressed doubts concerning Biden’s future, as he told The New York Times last month that the president’s age will be a factor.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Axelrod pointed out.
“Biden doesn’t get the credit he deserves for steering the country through the worst of the pandemic, passing historic legislation, pulling the NATO alliance together against Russian aggression and restoring decency and decorum to the White House,” Axelrod continued.
“And part of the reason he doesn’t is performative. He looks his age and isn’t as agile in front of a camera as he once was, and this has fed a narrative about competence that isn’t rooted in reality.”