According to a New York Times/Siena College poll, 64 percent of Democratic voters would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.
Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have contributed to a decidedly gloomy national mood, both on Mr. Biden and the nation’s trajectory. More than three-quarters of registered voters believe the United States is heading in the wrong direction, a widespread sense of pessimism that spans the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs, and rural areas, as well as both political parties.
According to a new NYT/Siena poll, nearly two-thirds of Democrats do not want Biden to run again in 2024.
Only 33% of voters approved of Biden’s performance, while 13% believe the country is on the right track.
Democrats wanted a new nominee primarily because of Biden’s age and job performance.
According to a new New York Times/Siena College poll, nearly two-thirds of Democrats do not want President Joe Biden to be their party’s presidential nominee in 2024.
The Times and Siena poll, which polled 849 registered voters from July 5 to 7, found that a full 64 percent of Democrats want a new Democratic leader in 2024, with only 26 percent supporting Biden for a second term. Young voters, in particular, are eager for a different Democratic nominee, with 94 percent saying they do not want Biden to be the nominee again in 2024.
Biden’s age was cited by 33% of Democrats who want a different nominee in 2024. Biden is 79 years old and would be 82 if he ran for re-election in 2025, raising concerns about his age and fitness for the job.
Another 32% of Democrats who want a new nominee cited Biden’s performance in office, while 10% said he isn’t progressive enough.
“I’m just going to come out and say it: I want younger blood,” Nicole Farrier, a preschool teacher and single mother from Michigan, told The Times. “I am so tired of all old people running our country. I don’t want someone knocking on death’s door.”
Just 33% of voters approve of Biden’s job performance overall. Biden’s approval among Black voters, a key constituency that delivered him the Democratic nomination and the general election, was 62%, the highest rating out of any group. But a higher share of Black voters still wanted a new nominee for 2024 than the share who want Biden to run again.
And Biden’s approval among white voters without a college degree, a demographic he heavily sought to win in 2020, is at just 20% in the poll.
The economy appears to be driving both Biden’s low approval ratings and Democrats’ desire to change course, with more than three-quarters of voters saying the economy is “extremely important.” Jobs and the economy were ranked as the top issues in America by 20% of voters, while inflation was ranked as the top issue by 15%.
Among working-age voters aged 18 to 64, 93 percent said the economy was poor or fair, with only six percent saying it was good or excellent.
And a strikingly low 13% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction, the lowest percentage recorded in Times polling since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009.
In one bright spot for Biden, he leads former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 general matchup by three percentage points, 44% to 41%, a result that falls within the poll’s margin of error of 4.1 points. And 92% of Democrats surveyed said they would still vote for Biden if he faces Trump again in two years.