Most Democrats Say Ditch Biden as Nominee in Post-ABC Poll

(Bloomberg) — A majority of Democrats and independents want the party to replace President Joe Biden as its 2024 nominee, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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35% of this group prefers Biden for the nomination, and 56% say the Democratic Party should choose someone else, according to the poll, released on Sunday. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 47% back former president Donald Trump for the 2024 nomination, while 46% would prefer someone else.

In a head-to-head matchup, the survey found Biden and Trump essentially tied: Biden edged Trump by 2 percentage points, 48%-46%. Among registered voters, the numbers came back to give Trump a two-point advantage.

The Democrats’ preference for a candidate other than Biden at the top of the ticket in 2024 was also reflected in a survey conducted by the New York Times and Siena College in July.

In that poll, nearly two-thirds of Democratic respondents, 64%, said they would prefer another candidate. Of that group, a third cited Biden’s age as a reason for their choice. At 79, Biden is the oldest president in US history.

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Biden said in an interview this month with “60 Minutes” that he will decide whether to run for re-election after November’s midterm elections, which will determine whether his party retains House and Senate majorities.

“It’s way too early to make that kind of decision,” Biden said in the interview, which aired on September 18. “What I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m going to do that job, and within the time frame that makes sense after the next election cycle here, going into the next year, make a judgment call on what to do.”

The Washington Post-ABC News poll put Biden’s overall approval rating at 39%, with disapproval at 53%. On the handling of the economy, 36% approved and 57% disapproved.

Looking to the midterms, 47% of registered voters would cast their House district vote for a Republican and 46% for a Democrat, about the same result as in April, the Washington Post said.

The poll was conducted between September 18 and September 21 on a random national sample of 1,006 US adults, including 908 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

(Adds updates to the Biden-Trump matchup in the third paragraph, Biden’s earlier comments on the 2024 bid.)

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