According to a recent New York Times/Siena College poll, it seems like not all Democrats are on the Biden bandwagon for the 2024 presidential election. In fact, a whopping 50% of Democratic primary voters believe that it’s time for the party to nominate someone other than President Joe Biden. Ouch!
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 1, 2023
Now, before you start feeling sorry for ol’ Joe, it’s worth noting that this number has actually gone down from last year when a staggering 64% of primary voters wanted someone other than Biden to be the nominee. So, maybe Biden is slowly winning over some hearts and minds within his own party. Or maybe the Democrats are just desperate for anyone else but Biden at this point.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Biden. Despite gaining some support, concerns about his age have only grown among Democrats. Last year, around 33% of primary voters were worried about Biden’s old age, but now that number has shot up to nearly 40%. I guess people are starting to realize that electing an 86-year-old president might not be the best idea.
But let’s talk about the hypothetical Democratic primary race for a moment. If it came down to it, 64% of Democrats would still select Biden as their nominee. However, there’s still a significant chunk of the party (13%) who support Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson (remember her?). And a surprising 12% said they didn’t know who they would choose. Well, at least they’re honest about it.
Now, here’s a juicy tidbit for you: even with all the age concerns, Biden is still tied with former President Donald Trump in an electoral rematch at 43% each. Say what you want about Biden, but he’s definitely got some staying power. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out in the next few years, but one thing’s for sure – the Democrats are in for a wild ride in 2024.