Majority of Americans don’t believe Biden will seek second term

A slight majority of Americans – 52% – do not expect President Biden to run for re-election in 2024, citing his age, low approval ratings and response to inflation and rising prices. prices, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The survey found 28% expect him to win a second term and 19% say they are unsure, according to the Wall Street Journal poll.

Among Democrats, 41% say they believe he will run in 2024, 32% say he will not, and 26% of them are unsure.

The president has not officially announced his intention to run in 2024, when he would be 82 when he was sworn in if he wins a second term, but the report says those close to him suggest he will decide after the November midterm elections.​

“You can run for president at 35. I don’t know why we would need the president to be over 75,” said Katie Smith, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, in Wall Street Journal. .

She is unsure if Biden should seek a second term.

28% of Americans expect President Biden to win a second term.
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Julie Hersch said she thought the president would run again and vote for him, but questioned his age.

“I just don’t know. He’s getting up there. I don’t know if that’s the best step for the Democratic Party,” Hersch, a 55-year-old Democrat from Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania, told the newspaper. .

Former President Donald Trump hinted that he would run in 2024, but also did not make an official announcement.

A hypothetical matchup between the 45th and 46th presidents, according to the poll, would result in a virtual tie – 45% – although 40% say they would definitely vote for Biden, compared to 38% for Trump.

But Republicans hold an edge heading into the 2022 midterms.

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Former President Donald Trump hinted he would run in 2024 but did not make an official announcement.
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When asked which party they would vote for if the election were held today, 46% opted for Republican candidates, 41% said Democrats while 13% remained undecided, unsure or declined to answer.

Of those who say they will vote in November, 63% think the country is headed in the wrong direction, 50% say the most important problem facing the United States is inflation and the economy, and 65 % say the economy is going in the wrong direction. .

Still, 56% of Americans view Biden unfavorably — a 2% increase since November — 41% have a favorable view, the poll found.

Asked about Trump, 55% say they have an unfavorable opinion of him, while 41% have a good opinion.

And while 50% agree Biden is trying to do the right thing, 58% say the president is focused on issues that aren’t important to them.

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40% say they would definitely vote for President Biden, compared to 38% for former President Donald Trump.
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Biden gets low marks for his handling of the economy (59%), inflation (63%), securing the border (57%) and tackling crime (56%), but he’s in territory positive about dealing with Russia (50% approve) and its handling of the Ukrainian crisis (47%).

George State Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Democrat, said he doesn’t think Biden will run because “you don’t hear the same level of energy and enthusiasm” in his voice.

“I don’t think President Biden is going to run, not just because of his age, but he’s been doing it for a very long time. You can hear it in his voice. You don’t hear the same level of energy and enthusiasm,” Jackson, who is running for lieutenant governor, told The Wall Street Journal.

“We prefer to fight for a candidate who we know will have the enthusiasm, the stamina and the political chops to really fight for those things that are right. And President Biden is exhausted,” he said.

The poll was conducted between March 2 and March 7 and surveyed 1,500 Americans.

It has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.5 percentage points.

New York Post

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