Recent polls have raised concerns among some Democrats about President Joe Biden’s prospects for re-election in 2024. A survey conducted by Siena College and The New York Times has attracted significant attention, revealing that former President Donald Trump is leading in hypothetical matchups in five out of six crucial battleground states that Biden narrowly carried in the 2020 presidential election.
Veteran Democratic strategist David Axelrod, who served as a top political adviser to former President Obama, has expressed concerns and urged President Biden to consider whether running for re-election is in the best interest of the country. The poll highlights a decline in support for Biden among key Democratic constituencies, including Black and Hispanic voters and younger voters.
While the poll suggests a potential Biden-Trump rematch, it also indicates that an unnamed generic Democratic nominee would lead Trump by eight points in the 2024 presidential election. A CBS News poll released over the weekend similarly showed Trump ahead of Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
Some supporters of President Biden have expressed nervousness and frustration at the prospect of a Biden-Trump rematch, especially given Trump’s strong position in the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Despite facing multiple indictments related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Trump maintains significant support among Republican voters.
These concerns are not isolated incidents, as various surveys throughout the year have indicated that a majority of Americans do not want to see a Biden-Trump rematch in 2024.
In response to the latest polls, the Biden campaign has pointed to the Democrats’ success in the 2022 midterms and former President Obama’s re-election in 2012, despite early polls predicting his defeat.
Leading Democratic strategist James Carville has also expressed concerns about Biden’s ability to defeat Trump in 2024, urging the party to be more vigilant. Conservative writer and commentator Bill Kristol has called on President Biden to announce that he won’t run in 2024 and to pass the torch to a new generation.
President Biden currently faces long-shot primary challenges from a couple of Democratic rivals, including Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota and author Marianne Williamson. Despite the uphill battle they face, these challengers argue that Biden may not be viable against Trump in 2024, given his current polling and concerns about his age.
The ongoing question is whether Democratic party leaders will begin pressuring President Biden to reconsider his re-election bid, given the rising concerns about his electability in a potential 2024 race.
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Candidates like RFK Jr. aren’t going to pull votes away from President Trump, he’s going to pull votes away from Joe Biden because he’s a hard leftist. pic.twitter.com/jGTzp2yUsp
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 7, 2023
CNN POLL: “The country has soured on Joe Biden — there’s just not another way to put it” pic.twitter.com/JOWz8lHxOD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 8, 2023