President Joe Biden’s job performance thus far has been so poor that even a substantial amount of Democratic voters would now prefer that their party nominate somebody else to run for the presidency in 2024.
Such was the assessment of “bleak” polling data for Biden this week that highlighted the “alarming level of doubt” many within the president’s own party have with regard to his capability to lead the nation, Fox News reported.
There was, however, one apparent bright spot for Biden in the otherwise “dark” statistics — the vast majority of Democrats would still vote for Biden, despite their deepening disillusionment with him, if he ended up facing off against former President Donald Trump in a 2024 rematch of the 2020 race.
Dismal poll results put 2024 in question
The grim news for President Biden came by way of a recent poll from The New York Times and Siena College which found that “Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign.”
The pollsters also found that Biden scored 33 percent in terms of his job approval and that only 13 percent of Americans believed the nation was on the “right track” — the worst that number has been since the 2008 financial crisis.
“For Mr. Biden, that bleak national outlook has pushed his job approval rating to a perilously low point,” the Times noted. “Republican opposition is predictably overwhelming, but more than two-thirds of independents also now disapprove of the president’s performance, and nearly half disapprove strongly.”
“Among fellow Democrats his approval rating stands at 70 percent, a relatively low figure for a president, especially heading into the 2022 midterms when Mr. Biden needs to rally Democrats to the polls to maintain control of Congress,” the newspaper continued and pointed to the fact that only 26 percent of Democrats thought Biden should be renominated by the party in 2024.
As for that lone bit of good news for Biden, the Times reported that, according to the poll, up to 92 percent of Democrats would still vote for Biden in 2024 if his opponent was once again Trump, which would contribute to a 44-41 percent victory for the incumbent over his predecessor in the hypothetical rematch.
Terrible news for the president
The poll itself, which surveyed 849 registered voters between July 5-7 with a 4.1 percent margin of error, found that 77 percent said the nation was on the “wrong track,” 60 percent disapproved of Biden’s job performance, and 58 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the president.
With regard to 2024, as noted, only 26 percent thought Biden should be nominated, including only 29 percent of Democrats, while 64 percent thought the Democratic Party should nominate somebody else, including 61 percent of Democrats.
As for the various reasons why somebody other than Biden should be the Democratic nominee in 2024, the top two reasons overwhelming — amongst all voters as well as just Democrats — were his advanced age and his poor job performance, with around a third of all respondents citing those two specific reasons.
This is definitely some alarm-sounding bad news for the Biden White House, and it is decidedly unclear whether there is even anything that Biden or his team could do that would possibly rectify this situation and improve his chances of not just winning re-election but even merely winning the support of his own party for renomination.