A new poll suggests that President Joe Biden has lost the support of a sizeable percentage of the Americans who voted for him in the 2020 presidential election.
The poll comes from Yahoo News and YouGov. The pollster surveyed 1,555 U.S. Adults between December 15 and 19.
A key finding
One of the questions that the pollster asked participants was this: “Should President Biden run for president again in 2024?”
Overall, only 25% said that Biden should. On the other hand, 20% indicated that they are “not sure,” and a majority – 55% – said that Biden should not.
That’s already a pretty bad result for Biden. But, it gets worse.
Of those participants who say that they voted for Biden in the 2020 presidential election, only 43% said that Biden ought to seek reelection. 32% said that he shouldn’t, and 25% said that they are “not sure.”
In other words, not even a majority of Biden 2020 voters think that Biden ought to seek reelection in 2024. It will be no surprise, therefore, that, of those Americans who voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020, 80% said that Biden ought not to seek reelection.
The post-midterm high
If this poll was from before the midterm elections, it would not be the least bit surprising. That’s because, prior to the midterm elections, there were numerous polls and reports that indicated that a sizeable percentage of Democrats did not want Biden to seek reelection in 2024, citing his age and lack of success.
This changed, however, after the midterm elections. The Democrats performed better than expected in the midterms, and there were some, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who suggested that Biden was the reason why.
Accordingly, many Democrats who had previously been against Biden seeking reelection in 2024 appeared to change their minds. Some even made a public statement expressing support for Biden 2024.
Surprisingly, it was at this point that Biden began to cast doubt on a 2024 reelection bid. Previously, he and the White House made it clear that he would be seeking reelection. But, after the midterms, he changed his tone.
At the moment, the answer to the question of whether Biden will seek reelection remains unclear. An announcement is expected in the coming months.
Is the mid-term high over?
What this new poll from Yahoo News/YouGov suggests is that the post-midterm high that Biden and his fellow Democrats experienced may now be over.
If it is, this means that it is back to the drawing board for the Democrats in order to find a viable 2024 candidate.