A majority of Democrats do not want Joe Biden to seek reelection in 2024 according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday.
The poll reflects that 64 percent of Democratic voters want Biden out of the 2024 race as the president is “hemorrhaging support” from his party. Of the reasons cited, 33 percent of those polled said the president’s age was the primary factor for why they didn’t want him to run.
President Joe Biden is currently 79 years old, which makes him the oldest serving president in history. The president will be 82 in the 2024 election cycle.
The 849 registered voters who were polled put the president’s approval rating at 33 percent.
In January, a Quinnipiac University poll also had Biden’s approval rating at 33 percent. Accumulative poll data had Biden’s approval dropping below 40 percent in February and the president hasn’t peaked above that number since the winter.
The poll New York Times/Siena College was conducted between July 5 and 7 and also reflected other reasons for Biden’s disapproval. 32 percent of those polled said the president’s job performance was the problem while 12 percent just wanted somebody fresh.
Notably, The New York Times ran an article over the weekend noting that Biden is, in fact, rather advanced in age.
As President Biden insists he plans to run for a second term, his age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him and his party. Polls show many Americans consider him too old, and some Democratic strategists do not think he should run again. https://t.co/OxncGGcbL4
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 9, 2022
The poll also reflects a “country gripped by a pervasive sense of pessimism” as 75 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. The last time that number was as low was during the 2008 financial crisis.
The New York Time’s reports that sense of national dread “spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties.”
The biggest number of those opposed to Biden’s running in 2024 was with the young demographic. In numbers that also mirror a previous Quinnipiac poll, 94 percent of people under 30 want a different Democratic nominee.
20 percent of those polled said jobs and the economy were their biggest concern. 15 percent said cost of living and inflation. 5 percent said abortion.
Of those who polled who identify as working class between the ages of 18 and 64, 94 percent said the economy was either in poor or fair condition.
26 percent of polled Democrats did say that Biden should be the nominee for president in 2024.
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