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64% of Democrats don't want Biden to run for a 2nd term in 2024, NYT poll shows

Grace Panetta   

64% of Democrats don't want Biden to run for a 2nd term in 2024, NYT poll shows
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  • Nearly 2/3rds of Democrats don't want Biden to run again in 2024, a new NYT and Siena poll shows.
  • Only 33% of voters approved of Biden's performance and 13% think the country is on the right track.

Nearly two-thirds of Democrats don't want President Joe Biden to be their party's presidential nominee in 2024, a new New York Times and Siena College poll.

The Times and Siena poll, which surveyed 849 registered voters from July 5 to 7, found that a full 64% of Democrats want a new Democratic leader in 2024, with just 26% of Democrats indicating that they want Biden as the nominee for a second term.

The desire for a different Democratic nominee is especially strong among young voters, with 94% of voters under 30 saying they don't want Biden to be the nominee again in 2024.

Of the Democrats who want a different nominee in 2024, 33% cited Biden's age. Biden is 79 and would be 82 if he took office for a second term in 2025, spurring increasingly open concerns about his age and fitness for the job.

An additional 32% of Democrats who want a new nominee cited Biden's job performance in office, with 10% said Biden isn't progressive enough.

"I'm just going to come out and say it: I want younger blood," Nicole Farrier, a preschool teacher and single mother from Michigan, told The Times. "I am so tired of all old people running our country. I don't want someone knocking on death's door."

Just 33% of voters approve of Biden's job performance overall. Biden's approval among Black voters, a key constituency that delivered him the Democratic nomination and the general election, was 62%, the highest rating out of any group. But a higher share of Black voters still wanted a new nominee for 2024 than the share who want Biden to run again.

And Biden's approval among white voters without a college degree, a demographic he heavily sought to win in 2020, is at just 20% in the poll.

Dissatisfaction with economy seems to be driving both Biden's low approval ratings and the desire among Democrats to change course, with over three-quarters of voters saying the economy is "extremely important." For the top issues in America, 20% of voters rated jobs and the economy, and 15% cited inflation as the top issue.

Among working-aged voters 18 to 64, 93% described the state of the economy as poor or fair, with just six percent calling it good or excellent.

And a strikingly low 13% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction, the lowest percentage recorded in Times polling since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009.

In one bright spot for Biden, he leads former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 general matchup by three percentage points, 44% to 41%, a result that falls within the poll's margin of error of 4.1 points. And 92% of Democrats surveyed said they would still vote for Biden if he faces Trump again in two years.