Most U.S. voters have no interest in seeing President Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2024. Two recent polls emphatically revealed that the electorate wants the incumbent to ride off into the sunset instead of seeking reelection.
The new Redfield and Wilton Strategies survey conducted for Newsweek showed a solid 58% of voters believe that Biden should step down after he finishes his first term.
Of those, 42% cited his 80 years of age as their number one reason. Others listed economic policies (16%) as their primary concern and still others cited the strength of potential Democratic replacements (7%).
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Perhaps even more telling is that the survey discovered that only 30% of American voters believe Biden should seek reelection. Another 12% said they were unsure.
Though Biden previously indicated he will run for reelection in 2024, he hedged by saying it will be discussed over the Christmas holidays with his family before a firm commitment is likely made early next year.
But if he needed further data to determine his position, another poll provided even more bad news for the incumbent.
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey found a startling 57% of his own Democratic Party does not want Biden to run for a second term. And the CNBC survey showed that 61% of Democrats believed his age should preclude him from seeking four more years in the White House.
Further, that is the position of a vast majority — 70% — of American voters. A full 86% of Republicans and 66% of independents said he should step aside.
There are even more bad numbers as Biden’s approval rating slid from 46% in October to only 41% currently. Meanwhile, his disapproval rating jumped from 50% to 54%. On the ever-important economy, his approval numbers fell from 40% to 38%.
The survey found that only 14% of respondents believe the U.S. economy is in either good or excellent shape. That’s the low water mark for the survey in nine years.
While many in the mainstream media celebrated the Democrats’ stronger-than-expected showing in the November midterms, that has not translated into positives for the president. To the contrary, Americans of all persuasions believe he should be content with being one and done.