According to a survey conducted by The Economist/YouGov, more Americans don’t want President Joe Biden to run in 2024 than don’t want former President Donald Trump to run.
“Do you want Joe Biden to run for the presidency again in 2024?” the survey questioned.
The majority, 56 percent, said “no,” with 22 percent saying “yes” and another 22 percent unsure.
The same question was posed to Trump, and while the majority of those polled said they didn’t want him to run again, it was less than the current president – 54 percent. Furthermore, 31% want Trump to run, compared to 22% for Biden. Only 15% are still unsure.
Overall, the study indicates difficulty for Biden, who has a low favorability rating of 51 percent. His approval rating is likewise 11 points below average, with 50% disapproving and 39% approving. Of the 50 percent who disagree, 37 percent strongly disagree.
The survey was conducted among 1,500 adult residents in the United States from November 26 to 29, 2022, and has a +/- 3.2 percent margin of error.
The poll aligns with a Politico poll conducted last week, which revealed that 65 percent of respondents believe Biden should not run for president again.
It also revealed that the president was struggling to gain good approval ratings in a number of crucial areas, as Breitbart News reported:
- Jobs: 43 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove of jobs
- Immigration: 34% support it, and 57% oppose it.
- Climate change: 42 percent support it, and 45 percent oppose it.
- Energy: 41 percent approve, and 48 percent disapprove of energy.
- Education: 44 percent favor, 46 percent disapprove of education
- National security: 41% support it, and 49% oppose it.
However, some Democrats have openly raised concern about Biden’s age, as he recently turned 80 and would begin his second term at the age of 82.
In October, Biden told MSNBC, “I believe it’s a valid thing to be concerned about anybody’s age, including mine. Even so, I believe the best approach to make a decision is to observe me.”
Some politicians, though, are rallying around Biden’s re-election bid. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has reportedly stated that if Biden runs for president in 2024, he will not run.