A new poll has found that California Democrats are split on whether they want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024, The Blaze reports.
The poll comes from the Berkley Institute of Governmental Studies. From August 9 to 15, the pollster surveyed 9,254 California registered voters.
Findings: Biden for reelection?
One of the questions that the pollster asked participants is this: “Do you favor or oppose Joe Biden running for a second term as President in 2024?”
California Republicans, overwhelmingly – 87% to 9% – do not want Biden to seek reelection. But, California Democrats are completely split on the matter: 46% to 46%. The remaining 8% had no opinion on the situation.
Of those California Democrats who do favor Biden seeking reelection, only 15% strongly favor Biden doing so, whereas 31% somewhat favor it. On the other hand, 26% somewhat oppose Biden seeking reelection and 20% strongly oppose Biden seeking reelection.
Overall, only 31% of poll participants favor Biden seeking a second term. 61% oppose him doing so.
This poll is in line with several others that have found the same thing, namely that Democrats, seemingly more and more, do not want Biden to be their presidential candidate in 2024. We’re not even halfway through his presidency, and Democrats – along with everyone else – appear to have seen enough from Biden.
Biden, nonetheless, insists that he will run again in 2024.
Just this week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “he intends to run. He intends to run.”
If not Biden, who?
It’s unclear how this situation is going to play – whether Biden, despite his lack of popularity – really is going to try to get reelected. Berkley did ask participants for their 2024 voter preferences should Biden decide not to run.
The pollster found that some of the favorites, among California voters eligible to vote in the 2024 Democrat presidential primary, are California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Vice President Kamala Harris. Newsom and Sanders won with a plurality of 13%, whereas Harris received 10% of the vote.
The poll seems to sum up where the Democratic Party is right now in terms of 2024: Biden does not seem to be a viable candidate and, without Biden in the lineup, the field of Democratic presidential candidates is fairly wide open.