(PresidentialInsider.com)- Most Democratic voters in America don’t want President Joe Biden to be their party’s nominee in the 2024 presidential election.
According to a survey recently conducted by SSRS on behalf of CNN, 51% of people who lean Democrat at the polls said they’d rather that Biden not run for re-election. Only 45% of those voters said they’d support the current president for another run at the White House.
Most of the concerns these voters had was whether Biden would even be electable in 2024 against his Republican challenger — whoever that might be.
Of the voters who said they wanted an alternative to Biden on the 2024 Democratic ticket, 31% said they didn’t want him to return to the White House. Another 35% said they doubted whether Biden would be able to defeat a GOP candidate.
The remaining voters had a plethora of reasons for not supporting Biden, with 19% saying they were concerned over Biden’s age. The president is set to turn 82 years old in the month of the next presidential election.
As CNN reported:
“Democratic-aligned voters also aren’t yet gravitating en masse toward any specific alternatives: Only 12% of all Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters wanted to see a nominee who isn’t Biden and had a specific alternative in mind. No individual candidate was named by more than 5% of those who didn’t want Biden atop the ticket.”
This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the president’s approval ratings are very low. According to a polling average compiled by Real Clear Politics, Biden’s disapproval rating has gone all the way up to 53.8%. Earlier this week, his approval rating sat at only 40.6%.
If Biden weren’t to run for re-election, the obvious attention would turn to who might be his replacement. An obvious choice would be his current vice president, Kamala Harris.
She might suffer from her own disapproval, though, and also be taken down by the fact that she’s a part of the Biden administration. In addition, Harris fared very poorly in the 2020 Democratic primary when she tried to run for president.
Other potential candidates are Pete Buttigieg, the current secretary of transportation for the Biden administration. He also ran for president during the 2020 primary but bowed out relatively early.
It’s also possible that progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders could try to enter the fray again, even though he’s quite old himself and has lost in each of the last two Democratic primaries.
Many people have also pondered whether Hillary Clinton might try to run once again. She faced off head-to-head with Donald Trump in the 2016 election, winning the popular vote but losing the election.
It’s not just Democrats who don’t support their main figurehead running for president in 2024, though.
The same poll showed that 49% of Republican-leaning voters don’t want Trump to be the GOP’s nominee in 2024, either. It could make for a rather interesting election in 2024, then, if the final two candidates are indeed Biden and Trump.