Samuel Case, FISM News
Earlier this month, FISM News reported that President Joe Biden hit near rock bottom with independent voters. New polling now shows that Democratic voters, too, are abandoning the president in droves.
Recent polling from CNN shows that a stunning 75% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters do not want Joe Biden to run again in 2024, a dramatic increase from the 51% of Democrats who said the same thing in January and February of this year.
“Twenty-four percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters said they want someone else because they don’t think Biden can win in 2024, up from 18% in a poll conducted in January and February,” CNN reported.
Thirty-two percent feel that way because they don’t want Biden to be reelected, up from 16% earlier this year. Twenty-five percent said they prefer Biden as the nominee, which is a steep drop from 45% in January/February.
A recent New York Times and Siena College poll further confirmed Biden’s plummeting favorability among his base. It showed that 64% of Democrats want someone other than Biden to run in 2024.
Writing in a New York Times op-ed, columnist Bret Stephens described Biden as a “failing president” and urged him to forgo a reelection bid.
“The best thing Biden could do for the country is [to] announce he won’t run for reelection — now, not after the midterms. Let his party sort out its own future,” Stephens wrote.
If Biden should change his mind, and choose not to seek reelection, it’s unclear who the Democrats would choose as their replacement candidate. A recent NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll shows 31% of Democrats see Vice President Kamala Harris as an alternative, while 17% prefer California Governor Gavin Newsom.
However, it should be noted that Harris’s general polling is even worse than Biden’s. The Los Angeles Times average found Harris polling a net -14% favorability compared to Biden’s net -11.7% favorability.
On the Republican side of the aisle, CNN’s poll found that “a majority of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say they do not want former President Donald Trump to be their party’s nominee in the 2024 presidential election.”
The poll showed that 55% of Republicans would like someone other than Trump to be the nominee — an increase from the 49% of Republicans who felt the same way in January and February.
The Real Clear Politics polling average currently shows Trump defeating Biden by 2% in a hypothetical rematch.