- Democrats are growing increasingly against a reelection from President Biden
- Voters note Biden’s age, health, coughing, gait and gaffes as reasons why someone younger should seek office
- Only 37% of Democrats want a second Biden term – a 15% decline from October
By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Democrats think that one term should be the end of Joe Biden‘s tenure as president as yet another poll shows Americans think he’s too old and express growing concerns over his health.
Support for Biden, 80, is swiftly declining as the 2024 presidential campaign season gets underway, a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll reveals.
Only 37 percent of Democrats say they want Biden to seek a second term – even though the president has hinted he has every intention to launch a reelection bid. This is a sharp decline from the 52 percent who said the same weeks before the 2022 midterms.
Taking all voting-age Americans into consideration, only 22 percent say that Biden should run again, down 7 percent from the same question asked in October 2022.
Democratic voters who spoke with AP said they are concerned about Biden’s age and increasingly prevalent gaffes and potential health concerns.
Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier this month also found that 62 percent of Americans think Biden has accomplished ‘little or nothing’ or at least ‘not very much’ during his presidency so far.+12View gallery
Democrats are growing increasingly against a reelection from President Joe Biden, noting his age, health, coughing, gait and gaffes as reasons why someone younger should seek office +12View gallery
Only 36 percent say Biden has accomplished a ‘great deal’ in his more than two years in office.
Follow-up interviews with AP-NORC poll respondents show that many think Biden, who is the oldest U.S. president ever, feel his age and declining health could be a liability.
Many who said they want a younger president and focused-in on Biden’s coughing, his gait and frequent gaffes.
‘I, honestly, think that he would be too old,’ said Democrat voter Sarah Overman, 37, of Raleigh, North Carolina. ‘We could use someone younger in the office.’
Thirty-five-year-old Michigan man Ross Truckey, who didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Biden in 2020, said of the president: ‘His age and possibly his mental acuity is not where I would want the leader of the country to be.
‘He, at times, appears to be an old man who is past his prime. Sometimes I feel a little bit of pity for the guy being pushed out in front of crowds.’
Declining support for Biden is concentrated among younger voters.
Only 23 percent of Democrats under the age of 45 say that Biden should run for a second term, a massive drop-off from the same poll in October, which showed 45 percent of this demographic wanting a second term from the president.
Forty-nine percent of those age 45 and older say they want Biden’s reelection, which is still a decline of 9 percent from the same poll taken just weeks before the 2022 midterms.
Former President Trump would beat Biden by 3 points in a hypothetical head-to-head election, according to results of the ABC/Post poll released Sunday.
Most Americans say they don’t want a rematch of 2020.+12View gallery+12View gallery
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows that Americans are not looking forward to the prospects of a 2020 rematch between Biden (right) and his predecessor Donald Trump (left)
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Forty-eight percent of registered voters said in the poll taken at the end of January and into the beginning of February that they would vote for Trump – and 45 percent said they would vote for Biden.
While this falls within the four-point margin of error, it is a flip from September when Biden was beating Trump by two points.
Independent voters, possibly the most important voting bloc in recent national elections, favor Trump by nine percentage points at a 50%-41% split.
Most Americans are not looking forward to a rematch between Trump and Biden in 2024 and want other candidates as their respective nominees instead.
If Biden ran for a second term in 2024, 30 percent of Americans said they would be ‘angry’, while another 32 percent said that they would be ‘dissatisfied but not angry.’
Only 7 percent of respondents said they would be ‘enthusiastic’ if Biden won reelection and 29 percent said while they would be ‘satisfied’, they would not be enthusiastic.
The prospects weren’t much better for another Trump presidency.
Thirty-six percent of the 1,003 people polled said they would be ‘angry’ if he won four more years while 20 percent said they would be ‘dissatisfied.’
Meanwhile, the former president did fare better with the positive side of the spectrum than Biden with 17 percent saying they would be enthusiastic for another Trump White House and 26 percent saying they would be satisfied.
Trump was not pleased with the latest poll, responding with ire on his social media website Truth Social on Sunday morning by employing his insulting monikers for two outlets that conducted the poll – ‘ABC fake news’ and the ‘Washington compost.’
‘For all of my many supporters, and the number is higher than ever before, I am pleased to report that ‘our’ Poll numbers are Excellent,’ Trump insisted in his post.
‘Polls are important, but many have proven to be so corrupt, wrong, or incompetent in the past,’ he added, ‘especially, those of ABC FAKE NEWS/WASHINGTON COMPOST; FOX FAKE NEWS; and NBC FAKE NEWS/GLOBALIST STREET JOURNAL, that they have become somewhat meaningless, just a political weapon. CNN Polls no longer matter in that so few people are watching CNN (and MSDNC) anymore!’
The poll found that among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, 58 percent would want a different candidate than Biden as their nominee in the 2024 presidential election. On the other side, 31 percent said they support Biden.
When it comes to Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 49 percent said they would prefer a different candidate than Trump to be their nominee versus the 44 percent who want another Trump White House bid.
Both on the Democrat and Republican side, the support for the respective presidents is essentially unchanged since the same poll taken in September.+12View gallery
The poll shows that only 7% of voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about a Biden reelection bid while 17% feel the same about a second term with Trump +12View gallery
Trump blasted the polling in a tweet Sunday morning, claiming that the major news outlets ‘have proven to be so corrupt, wrong or incompetent’ that it yields all polling ‘somewhat meaningless’ and ‘just a political weapon’+12View gallery
Respondents said for the most part that they want to see other primary candidates in 2024. Trump-era Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (pictured) will announce her candidacy this month in South Carolina, where she formerly served as governor+12View gallery
There are a slew of Republicans hinting at a run – but it’s not clear if any major Democratic candidates will launch a bid against Biden once he announces his reelection efforts. Among potential GOP candidates are South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (left), former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (center) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right)
While it’s unclear whether any Democrats will be bold enough to take on Biden should he announce a reelection bid, which has not yet officially happened, there are several Republicans showing interest in launching a bid against Trump.
So far, Trump is the only major Republican to announce his 2024 candidacy. But his former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, is announcing her bid later this month.
Others are also making visits to early primary contest states like New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina – signaling more impending bids are coming.
This includes the likes of former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, among others.
Many Republicans want to see highly popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis run for the White House. Trump has made him public enemy No. 1 by launching a series of attack-lines against DeSantis in recent weeks when officially hitting the 2024 campaign trail.