Due in part to his advanced age, increasingly apparent mental decline, and dismal approval ratings, there has been widespread speculation that President Joe Biden will not seek a second term in office and will be replaced as the the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2024.
Now a new poll that sought to determine who Biden’s replacement should be revealed that a plurality of Democrats picked former actress and British Royal Family disruptor Meghan Markle for that role, the Conservative Brief reported.
The American wife of the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry managed to top the list of potential Biden replacements that was otherwise populated with the usual prominent Democratic politicians.
Poll suggests Dems will pick a woman as nominee
The U.K. Express reported Monday that it had teamed up with pollsters from the Democracy Institute to survey 1,500 likely voters about the 2024 election, a little more than a third of whom were registered Democrats.
Of the Democrats polled, 64 percent said that the next Democratic presidential nominee must be a woman, and of the several women named as possible candidates, the controversial Duchess of Sussex topped the list with 27 percent support.
Markle was followed by Vice President Kamala Harris at 25 percent, and there was a tie for third at 20 percent between failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton and progressive leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), with fellow progressive leftist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rounding out the top five at eight percent support.
The pollsters acknowledged that Markle was a political “newcomer” but suggested that her criticisms of former President Donald Trump and public statements on various issues had served to “test the water” and argued that she could be a “viable contender” for the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Most voters don’t want Biden to run again
While Democrats picking Meghan Markle to be their presidential nominee in 2024 seems rather unlikely, it is, in fact, exceedingly likely that Democrats will pick somebody other than President Biden to represent them in 2024.
Breitbart reported last week on a late October poll of 1,500 U.S. adults by the Economist/YouGov that found that only around 39 percent of Democrats wanted to see Biden run for a second term, and that number includes just 34 percent of Democrats who voted for Biden the first time in 2020.
The Conservative Brief pointed to a number of other polls conducted earlier in the year that all largely reached the same conclusion — a strong majority of the American people, including most Democrats, did not want to see Biden as the Democratic nominee in 2024.
Other more likely potential replacements
So if not Biden, then who? The Washington Post has, every few months or so, issued an updated Top 10 list of potential Democratic candidates for 2024, and though President Biden has consistently topped that list, it is always with the caveat that he, for a variety of reasons, may not actually run for a second term in the White House.
As of the latest list in mid-October, possible Democratic nominees after Biden include Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, VP Harris, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Warren, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, and New York Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.