Democrats plotted at every turn to force former President Donald Trump out of office, but his defeat in November’s presidential election does not mean party leaders can now rest easy.
In fact, a new poll shows that Vice President Kamala Harris is deeply unpopular — and Democrats could be effectively stuck with her as the 2024 election season approaches amid growing concern that President Joe Biden might not even complete his four-year term.
Details of the survey
Biden has made various references to apparent orders he takes from his advisers as some on his staff reportedly admitted that they no longer watch his unscripted remarks in hopes of avoiding possibly embarrassing gaffes.
His behavior is likely a central factor in a survey from McLaughlin & Associates that shows many voters believe Biden will not run for re-election in 2024. Trump, on the other hand, has provided multiple indications that he is seriously considering another White House bid.
As for the current administration, 58% of respondents said they believe Harris will take over as president before the next election, compared to 32% who say she will not.
Such a scenario could spell bad news for Democrats hoping to hold on to the executive branch. Despite Biden’s sagging approval rating, it appears that Harris is even less popular.
Based on her actions while in office and perceptions about her character, Harris is now considered the most unpopular vice president in recent history.
Cause for concern
White House insiders are said to be increasingly concerned that Harris, who launched a failed presidential campaign of her own, would be unable to beat Trump in a general election.
If the 2024 election were held today, the recent poll shows that 49% of voters would choose Trump, which is two points higher than the percentage that said they would support Harris. She is also underwater in terms of favorability by a margin of 50% to 46%.
According to the survey, a majority of voters also disapprove of Biden, which extends a trend found in various recent polling reports. Around 51% of respondents viewed the president unfavorably, compared to 48% who offered a favorable opinion.
While Biden is generally more popular than Harris, his job approval ratings have continued to sag in recent months and stand at -4 percentage points according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.
Even if Biden does make it through this term and opts for a re-election bid, a recent Emerson College survey found that Trump is currently positioned to beat the current president in a theoretical matchup by a margin of 47-46.