Biden And Trump Get Booted?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In poll after poll, the consensus is clear: voters want neither President Joe Biden nor former President Donald Trump on the ticket in 2024.

A Morning Consult/Politico poll of 2,000 respondents released on Tuesday (July 12) showed 64 percent believed Biden should not seek reelection, compared to 29 percent who were in favor of a Biden 2024 bid.

Days before, a New York Times/Siena College poll put Biden’s approval rating at 33 percent and revealed that 64 percent of Democrats are hoping for a new candidate in 2024.

Most of those — a staggering 94 percent — who didn’t want to see a Biden reelection bid are under 30.

The poll, however, had some good news for Biden. In a head-to-head matchup with Trump, Biden holds a three-point lead.

But Biden only comes out on top if he squares off against another aging candidate, as most respondents pointed to Biden’s age as their chief concern, with his performance coming in a close second.

Biden, who will be 82 during the 2024 election, seems to be struggling to keep up with the mental fortitude needed of a President, considering his frequent gaffes. But, a New York Times piece about Biden’s age also showed that the White House has had to make contingencies to accommodate the aging President, including splitting a 10-day trip to Europe and the Middle East into two.

Democrats also believe that Biden’s inability to advance liberal policies — like voting rights and aggressive social spending — will dampen turnout among younger voters.
A belief that has only become stronger following the President’s lackluster response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which upset many activists.

Trump’s also losing sway.

A Morning Consult poll showed 61 percent of respondents believe Trump shouldn’t run in 2024, with only 35 percent believing he should.

In a hypothetical race with other potential GOP candidates — like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) — Trump only got 49 percent support, according to the New York Times poll.