New poll suggests Democratic voters are turning on Biden

November 18, 2023

A survey released this past week from Yahoo News and YouGov showed President Joe Biden trailing former President Donald Trump by two points.

According to Newsweek, the poll's other findings suggest that there may be a push to ditch Biden as the Democratic nominee. 

Thirty-nine-percent of Democrats would support someone else

The magazine noted that 54% of Democratic primary voters expressed a desire to see someone else enter their party's race.

Even more ominous for the president is that 39% percent of Democrats indicated that they would prefer that someone else to lead the party into next year's election.

What's more, Biden's position within his party appears to be eroding, with Newsweek pointing out that the share of Democratic voters who would prefer someone else has grown by 4% since last month.

Democrats divided over Israel

Other polls show there is growing division among Democrats over how Biden has responded to Israel's efforts at defeating Hamas.

Whereas an Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey conducted in August found that 57% approved of his approach to Israel and the Palestinians, a more recent one from this month showed that the figure had dropped to 50%.

Further, a poll commissioned this month by The New York Times and conducted by Siena College showed President Joe Biden losing to former President Donald Trump in five of six battleground states.

Those figures led former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod to openly suggest that it may be time for Biden to step aside.

Former Obama advisor says worries about Biden aren't "bed-wetting"

"It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict [and] Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm," Axelrod said on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

"He's defied [conventional wisdom] before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party--not 'bed-wetting,' but legitimate concern," the former presidential advisor added.

Axelrod concluded by saying if Biden "continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?"

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