President Joe Biden has long faced speculation that he might be unable to finish out a complete term and would ultimately be replaced in the White House by Vice President Kamala Harris.
As a new Rasmussen poll indicates, a significant number of voters continue to say that they do not expect him to stick around for a re-election bid in 2024.
“Sets the agenda”
The survey presents a mixed bag, with less than one in four respondents confident that the GOP nominee would be able to beat Biden in the next presidential race, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.
Nevertheless, the results should cause concern for Democrats based on the prevailing notion that Biden is not actually in charge of his own party’s agenda.
The polling results published on Wednesday found that just 39% of likely voters “believe the Democratic president sets the agenda in Washington, D.C., these days.”
When those who responded that he does not set the agenda were asked who is actually in charge, there were a variety of alternate answers. At 23%, the most popular choice aside from Biden was “the national media.”
Only 15% believe congressional Democrats are calling the shots and another 13% were unsure where the real power in the nation’s capital lies.
“Attitudes have changed”
On top of that apparent lack of confidence in Biden’s ability to lead, the same survey found that nearly one-third of those polled believe Biden will resign at some point prior to the next presidential election cycle.
As the Washington Examiner noted, another recent Rasmussen poll found similar uncertainty among voters regarding Biden’s ability to lead. In that survey, 54% of all respondents characterized the president as a “puppet of the radical left.”
Rasmussen issued a statement this week in light of the recent results, asserting: “When Donald Trump was president, there wasn’t much doubt who was running the show in Washington. Now that Joe Biden is in the White House, however, attitudes have changed.”
Of course, speculation that the oldest president ever elected to his first term would limit himself to four years in the White House is nothing new. Reports dating back to 2019 indicated that Biden had already hinted to his advisers that, if elected, he would almost certainly decline a re-election campaign.
Since then, however, a series of gaffes, bizarre statements, and apparent mental lapses have fueled speculation that he lacks the cognitive abilities needed for the job. As a result, it might not be surprising that an increasing number of Americans believe the president is not the one running the show in D.C.