Three-quarters of self-described Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters want the party to pick someone other than President Biden as their standard-bearer in 2024 — and nearly a quarter of them say they don’t believe Biden can win a second term, according to a new poll.
The CNN survey released Tuesday found that 32% of Dems say they don’t want Biden to be re-elected president. Another 24% said they didn’t believe he could defeat a Republican candidate in 2024, while 19% gave unspecified other reasons for their opposition to the current commander-in-chief.
Antipathy toward Biden is particularly strong among Democrats under age 45, 82% of whom say they don’t want him to try for a second term.
The president’s numbers aren’t much better among older Democrats either, with just 31% of those age 45 and up saying they want another Biden campaign.
At the beginning of this year, the same poll showed Democrats were basically divided on the prospect of the president seeking reelection, with 45% saying they wanted Biden to run again and 51% saying they did not.
In the CNN survey taken in late January and early February, 18% of Democrats said they believed Biden was a 2024 loser, while 16% said they just had no appetite to see him run again.
The poll tracks with other surveys that show the president losing the confidence of voters in his own party while his administration struggles to deal with the effects of a 40-year-high inflation rate that has American families paying more for groceries, housing and gas.
A survey by the University of New Hampshire published Tuesday shows 74% of Democrats in the Granite State don’t want Biden to run again, while Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg edged out the incumbent in a hypothetical primary contest.
In Massachusetts, just 62% of Democrats approve of Biden, down from 75% in April, a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll found.
Earlier this month, a New York Times/Siena College poll found that 64% of Democrats want Biden to step aside in 2024.
On the other end of the political spectrum, CNN found 55% of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters want someone other than former President Donald Trump to run in 2024, up from 49% earlier this year.
The survey was conducted between July 22-24 and polled 1,002 voters.
It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.