More than half of Democrats responding to a new survey have revealed they would prefer a candidate other than President Joe Biden as their candidate in 2024.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 56% of Democrats wanted a different candidate, with just 35% preferring Biden in the next presidential election.
“Looking two years off, just 35 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Biden for the 2024 nomination; 56 percent want the party to pick someone else. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, for their part, split 47-46 percent on whether Donald Trump should be their 2024 nominee – a 20-point drop for Trump compared with his 2020 nomination,” a news release regarding the poll stated. “The unpopularity of both figures may encourage third-party hopefuls, though they rarely do well.”
BREAKING: Just 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Pres. Biden for the 2024 nomination, new @ABC News/WaPo poll finds.
56% want the party to pick someone else.
Read more: https://t.co/D5uWcuMGIb
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2022
The poll also found respondents were essentially split regarding a potential Biden rematch with former President Donald Trump, with 48% choosing Biden and 46% choosing Trump. However, among registered voters, the numbers flip 46% for Biden and 48% for Trump.
The low polling in support of Biden running again in 2024 could also have a negative impact on the November midterm elections for Democrats. A variety of polls have shown Republicans leading in key House matchups.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday showed that Republicans have a two-point lead in the party’s bid to take back Congress.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the elections for Congress were held today, 44% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican candidate, while 42% would vote for the Democrat,” the poll noted. Another 5% would vote for some other candidate, with 9% not sure.
While conservatives feel confident regarding efforts to take back the House, the advantage has dropped significantly since July. The GOP has been ahead by as many as 10 points in previous polls.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll also observed that voters are highly motivated to head to the ballot box this year. A total of 72% of registered voters said they were certain to vote in the congressional election in their district.
The issue of greatest importance in the poll was the economy, coming in at 84%. The leading topics that followed were education and schools, inflation, crime, abortion, immigration, and climate change.
Though abortion stands out as a key topic in the midterms following the June Supreme Court decision that led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, just 62% considered it a top issue.
For Republicans, handling crime was a strong advantage in the poll. The GOP held a 14-point advantage over Democrats in addressing the issue. The party also saw an advantage as 74% of Americans agreed that the nation’s economy is in bad shape, trusting Republicans to handle the economy by 16 points over Democrats.
The survey of 1,006 American adults included a margin of error of 3.5%.