White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made clear during a television appearance last weekend that President Joe Biden intends to run for another term in 2024.
However, while the president may be ready to hit the campaign trail, new poll numbers suggest that most members of his party would prefer that he not.
In an article published on Tuesday, the New York Post cited a recent survey from AP-NORC. Conducted between January 26 and January 30, the poll found that only 12% of Democrats think Biden should lead their party.
Perhaps even more disconcerting is that just 41% regard Biden as the party’s current leader despite him being a sitting president.
Yet although Democrats may not have a high opinion of Biden, they seem to have no clear idea of who should take his place.
Eight other high-profile Democrats were provided as alternate options and none achieved double-digit support. The most commonly selected choice was “No answer,” at 37%.
Biden gets good news, kind of
Perhaps the poll’s only good news for Biden is that he enjoys a higher favorability rating than his predecessor and current Republican frontrunner, former President Donald Trump.
Whereas Trump is regarded favorably by 35% of adults, the current president’s favorability number is eight points higher.
The AP-NORC poll is not the only survey that should raise concerns at the White House, as a Washington Post and ABC News poll carried out between January 27 and February 1 found that 62% of likely voters believe the president has little to show for his time in office.
Unsurprisingly, 93% of Republicans expressed the view that Biden has accomplished “not very much” or “little or nothing” since entering the White House.
More concerning news for President
What’s more concerning for the president is that this view is shared by 66% of independent voters and even 22% of Democrats.
The same poll found that whereas one in three Republicans expressed enthusiasm about another presidential run by Trump, only one out of every six Democrats said the same about Biden.
It also noted that in a hypothetical matchup, Trump would beat Biden by three points, which was within the poll’s margin of error.
Trump’s lead grew to nine points when independent voters were asked to choose between him and the president. Nevertheless, Trump has made few inroads among Democrats, of whom nine out of 10 would back Biden over him.