According to a survey released Tuesday, a slight majority of Americans — 52% — do not expect President Biden to run for re-election in 2024, citing his age, low favorability ratings, and response to inflation and rising prices.
According to the Wall Street Journal poll, 28% expect him to win a second term and 19% are doubtful.
41% of Democrats believe he will run in 2024, 32% believe he will not, and 26% are undecided.
The president has not yet declared his desire to run in 2024 when he will be 82 years old at the time of his swearing-in ceremony if he wins a second term, but many close to him indicate he will decide following November’s midterm elections.
“At 35, you can run for president. I’m not sure why we need a president over 75 years old,” Katie Smith, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, told the Wall Street Journal.
She is undecided about Biden’s candidacy for a second term.
28% of Americans believe President Biden will win a second term.
Julie Hersch stated that she believes the president will run for re-election and that she will vote for him, but expressed reservations about his age.
“I’m not sure. He is ascending. “I’m not sure this is the best course of action for the Democratic Party,” Hersch, a 55-year-old Millcreek Township, Pa., Democrat, told the newspaper.
Former President Donald Trump has hinted at a 2024 presidential run but has made no formal declaration.
According to the study, a hypothetical showdown between the 45th and 46th presidents would result in a near tie — 45% — while 40% of respondents say they would certainly vote for Biden, compared to 38% for Trump.
However, Republicans have an advantage heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
Former President Donald Trump has hinted at a 2024 presidential run but has made no official declaration.
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When asked which party they would vote for if the election were conducted today, 46% said Republicans, 41% said Democrats, and 13% said they were undecided, unsure, or refused to respond.
Among those who intend to vote in November, 63% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, 50% believe the most pressing issue confronting the US is inflation and the economy, and 65% believe the economy is headed in the wrong direction.
Nonetheless, the poll reveals that 56% of Americans regard Biden poorly – a two-point increase since November — while 41% have a favourable view.
When asked about Trump, 55% express an unfavourable attitude, while 41% express a favourable viewpoint.
And, while 50% believe Biden is doing the right thing, 58% believe the president is focusing on subjects that are irrelevant to them.
Four in ten say they would certainly vote for President Biden, compared to three in ten who say they would definitely vote for former President Donald Trump. AFP/Chandan Khanna/Getty Images
Biden receives low marks for his handling of the economy (59% approve), inflation (63% approve), border security (57% approve), and combating crime (56% approve), but he earns high marks for dealing with Russia (50% approve) and his handling of the Ukrainian crisis (56% approve) (47%).
Georgia state Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Democrat, believes Biden will not run because his voice lacks “the same degree of passion and enthusiasm.”
“I believe President Biden will not run — not merely because of his age, but because he has been doing this for a very long time. It’s audible in his voice. You do not hear the same amount of passion and vitality,” Jackson, who is running for lieutenant governor, told the Wall Street Journal.
“We prefer to support a candidate who we believe will have the zeal, passion, and political clout to truly fight for what is right. And President Biden is worn out,” he added.
Between March 2 and 7, the poll surveyed 1,500 Americans.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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