Though President Joe Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024, a majority of his party doesn’t want him for a second term, according to a new poll.
Only 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to stay in office for another four years, down from 52 percent around last year’s midterm elections, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Overall, 78 percent of voters think Biden should not run again.
Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, would be 86 by the end of a second term. Few respondents believe the octogenarian president is fit to serve four more years, AP reports:
Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes, and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger.
“I, honestly, think that he would be too old,” said Sarah Overman, 37, a Democrat who works in education in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We could use someone younger in the office.” …
Biden has previously leaned heavily on his track record to say that he’s more than up to the task. When asked if he can handle the office’s responsibilities at his age, the president has often responded as if he’s accepting a dare: “Watch me.”
Though Biden insists he has accomplished much for the country and is fully capable to do his job, his approval rating continues to sit around 41 percent. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 62 percent of Americans think Biden has accomplished “not very much” or “little or nothing” during his term.
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