According to a new poll, almost three out of four Americans don’t believe President Joe Biden should run for the 2024 presidency after multiple sources report he will announce his second bid for the White House this upcoming week.
According to an NBC News survey, 70% of Americans, including 51% of Democrats, don’t believe the president should run for reelection. Twenty-six percent still support the president. Almost half of the voters that responded no cited President Biden’s age as a “major” concern with his bid — 48% categorized their fears as “major” while 21% said it was a minor concern; 29% of respondents said the president’s age didn’t figure in their logic whatsoever.
In February, Biden, who is 80, admitted that voters’ concerns over his age were “totally legitimate” amidst increasing concerns from both his supporters and critics. “No,” said Biden. “But it’s legitimate for people to raise issues about my age. It’s totally legitimate to do that. And the only thing I can say is, watch me.”
Conversely, 60% of Americans say they don’t think former President Donald Trump should run again for president in 2024, with only 35% saying yes.
The poll results come a few weeks after former President Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records linked to the 2016 alleged hush-money payments. Around 68% of Republican voters agreed with the statement that investigations into Trump are politically motivated.
When asked which GOP candidate would receive their vote if the presidential primary were held today, 31% voted for Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and 46% voted for Trump.
DeSantis has yet to announce his presidential bid; however, the governor has been going head-to-head with Trump in the polls over recent months. Former Vice President Mike Pence garnered 6% of the votes, followed by Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
Biden is expected to announce his campaign for a second term on Tuesday
Several reports out this past week have said President Biden and his team are expected to announce his presidential campaign on April 25, the four-year anniversary of his 2020 campaign launch. The announcement will not be in-person but will be made via campaign video.
For months, speculation swirled over whether the president would run for reelection, with his team saying only that he intended to run but didn’t make additional statements in the affirmative. Advisers outside and inside the White House caution that although the timing could still change pending any unforeseen events, a decision has been reached that it is “no longer helpful or necessary to not just to say the obvious: He’s running,” said a senior Democratic official to CNN.