With persistent questions about President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities and worsening concerns about the nation’s economy, it might not be surprising to see his approval rating continue to sink lower.
His persistent unpopularity has caused many of his fellow Democrats to argue, either implicitly or explicitly, that he should drop out of the running ahead of the 2024 presidential election. That sentiment was on full display in the results of a New York Post/Siena College survey last month that showed nearly 2 in 3 Democrats are hoping to see a name other than Biden on the ballot.
A more recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll put the situation in even starker terms. As pollsters found while conducting that survey, nearly 40% of respondents said it would be “the worst thing that could happen” if Biden is elected to serve a second term in the White House.
While it is worth noting that former President Donald Trump received similar results in response to the same question about his prospective re-election in 2024, there is a major distinction between the two. Nearly 1 in 4 respondents said that a second Trump term would be “the best thing” whereas only 8% of those polled said the same about Biden.
The poll found that only 18% of respondents believe Biden should run for a second term. Furthermore, fewer than 3 in 10 of those who voted for the president in 2020 think he should launch a re-election campaign.
More than twice as many Republicans – 57% – say Trump would be a stronger candidate in 2024 than he was in 2020 than Democrats – 26% – who say the same about Biden.
NEW Poll w/@YahooNews: Most Republicans (57%) say Trump would be a stronger candidate now than he was in 2020, while just 26% of Democrats say the same about Biden.https://t.co/pVrhUuz2F4 pic.twitter.com/5FwDfjVmIP
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) August 4, 2022
About 1 in 3 Democrats and a clear majority of respondents overall believe Biden would be a weaker candidate in 2024 than he was in 2020. On the other hand, only 17% of Republicans think Trump would be weaker ahead of a re-election bid compared to 57% who say he would be a stronger candidate.
Despite the disconcerting news about the Biden administration and the Democratic Party’s chances in 2024, the White House has sought to change the subject when reporters bring up any of the recent polls.
In response to last month’s polling numbers, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “Not to get into politics from here or get into any political analysis, [but] this is not something — there’s going to be many polls. They’re going to go up, they’re going to go down, this is not the thing that we are solely focused on.”