Poll: Supermajority of respondents think Biden should not seek reelection

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


American voters, perhaps for different reasons, are beginning to rally around the idea that President Joe Biden should pack it in after a single term.

According to a recent phone survey conducted by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen, which sought input from likely voters from both major political parties as well as independents, 61% of the people who will help decide the 2024 election hope Biden isn’t an option.

The breakdown by party revealed 85% of Republicans, 35% of Democrats, and 65% of independents shared this opinion. Perhaps the starkest revelation of the poll, only 26% of women, regardless of affiliation, wanted Biden to seek reelection.  

Rasmussen data reveals that, as of this morning, Biden’s overall approval rating is slightly up, although the group’s official report was not yet available as of this writing.

However, the phone poll revealed that only 25% of respondents held a ‘very favorable” view of the president, with an additional 17% expressing an opinion of “somewhat favorable.”

Biden polling among minority voters was inconsistent.

“While 64% of black voters said they have a favorable opinion of Biden, only 43% of Hispanic voters share that favorable opinion,” a release from Heartland.org reads. “Among women, a key part of Biden’s winning coalition in 2020, just 43% have a favorable opinion while 53% have an unfavorable opinion.”

The phone poll also suggests that excitement among base voters would be a liability for Biden were he to face either former President Donald Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 general election.

“In a hypothetical matchup held today between Trump and Biden, 50% of voters chose Trump, compared to only 36% for Biden,” the release reads. “Looking at the degree of intra-party support for each candidate, 89% of Republicans support Trump, and 73% of Democrats support Biden.”

DeSantis fared similarly to Trump; the split was 46-35 in favor of Florida’s governor when voters were asked to choose among DeSantis, Biden, and someone else. Eighty percent of Republicans expressed support for DeSantis were he to be the nominee, and 69% of Democrats said they’d support Biden over DeSantis.

While Rasmussen and Heartland are conservative-leaning organizations, the poll they created was representative of a wider swath of American voters.

Demographically speaking, 33% of respondents were Republicans, 35% were Democrats, and 32% were Independents. The poll favored women ever so slightly, with 52% of respondents being women, compared to 48% who were men. Sixty-seven percent of respondents were white, 13% were black, 13% were Hispanic, and 7% identified as another race.