71% don’t want Biden to run for re-election: poll

Seven in 10 Americans say they don’t want President Biden to run for a second term, according to a new poll that comes as Biden’s endorsement count remains low and his party braces for losses in November .

A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll shared exclusively with The Hill found that 71% of respondents polled don’t think Biden should run for a second term, compared to 29% who say he should run.

Among the contingent of respondents who think the president shouldn’t run, 45% said Biden shouldn’t make another offer because he’s a bad president, while about a third of respondents said that he was too old and about a quarter said because it’s time for a change.

“President Biden may want to run again, but voters are saying ‘no’ to the idea of ​​a second term, assessing the job he’s doing as president. Only 30% of Democrats would even vote for him in a Democratic presidential primary,” said Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn.

But a majority of respondents – 61% – also say former President Trump should not run for the White House in 2024. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said the former president should run again.

Of those polled who think Trump shouldn’t make another offer in the next presidential cycle, 36% said Trump was erratic, 33% said he would divide the country, and 30% said he was responsible. of January 6, 2021, when a mob of pro-Trump supporters ransacked the Capitol in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the election results.

A majority of those polled said they would consider a moderate independent candidate if Biden and Trump faced off in 2024, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats polled.

Sixty percent said they would consider a moderate independent candidate for president if Biden and Trump end up running against each other in the next presidential cycle, compared to 40% who said they would not. not.

Split by party, 53% of Republicans surveyed and 64% of Democrats said they would consider a moderate independent candidate in this situation.

The development comes as Biden continues to suffer from low approval ratings. The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll found the president has an overall approval rating of 38%, with respondents giving him low marks on handling inflation (28%), the economy (32%) , boosting jobs (43%) and responding to COVID-19 (50%), among other issues.

Democrats are already bracing for losses in November given Biden’s low endorsement count and the historic precedent that a first-term president’s party typically suffers losses in midterm elections.

Following last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats have used abortion as an issue to galvanize voters, though it’s unclear how the issue will compare to inflation. and other concerns in November.

The poll also shows that while Trump is considered one of the most influential people in his party, Americans don’t necessarily agree with the idea of ​​voting for him in 2024.

Some of this comes in the context of House Select Committee hearings on Jan. 6, which sought to show how the former president and his allies tried to bring state officials and others like the former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election results.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll was conducted June 28-29 with 1,308 registered voters surveyed. This is a collaboration between the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll.

The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.

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