Only 21% of voters think it would be good for Democrats if President Joe Biden seeks reelection in 2024, and 45% think it would be bad for Democrats, according to a new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports.
In the Rasmussen poll, 40% of voters believe if Biden decides against running for reelection in 2024, it would be better for the Democratic Party if he announces that before the November midterm elections.
On July 24, a Washington Post opinion columnist argued that Biden "should announce now that he will not run for reelection in 2024," which would improve chances of "a favorable congressional result for the Democrats in November's election."
And the New York Times reported in June: "Midway through the 2022 primary season, many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden's struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.
"As the challenges facing the nation mount and fatigued base voters show low enthusiasm, Democrats in union meetings, the back rooms of Capitol Hill and party gatherings from coast to coast are quietly worrying about Mr. Biden's leadership, his age, and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time."
Biden turns 80 in November, the oldest American to have served as president. Inflation is running at 9.1% annually, tensions with Russia are at fever-pitch, and the threat of recession is looming.
In the recent Rasmussen poll, 48% of white voters, 34% of Blacks, and 38% of other minorities believe a Biden reelection campaign in 2024 would be bad for the Democratic Party, while 38% of Black voters, 15% of whites, and 26% of other minorities think it would be good for Democrats if Biden runs again in 2024.
Men are somewhat more likely than women voters to believe a Biden 2024 campaign would be bad for Democrats.
"Most Democrats would like the party to nominate someone besides Biden in 2024, and when asked why, about a third said they were concerned primarily about his age," reported The Washington Post.
The survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted on July 20-21 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
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