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

64% of Democrats don't want Biden to run for a 2nd term in 2024, NYT poll shows
President Joe Biden finishes speaking at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., Friday, July 8, 2022, where he thanked the workforce and commemorated the agency's achievements over the 75 years since its foundingSusan Walsh/AP
  • 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.