In the coming weeks, Joe Biden will have a number of rather major milestones to reach in his presidential career.
First and foremost, the President’s 2023 State of the Union address will be coming up this week, giving the beleaguered Democrat a chance to make a case for his potential reelection in 2024.
And then there’s the timing of his campaign announcement, which insiders have suggested is now slated for April.
But there is a much larger question at play here: Should Biden even be running? According to new poll of Democrats, the answer appears to be heck no.
A majority of Democrats now think one term is plenty for President Joe Biden, despite his insistence that he plans to seek reelection in 2024.
That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows just 37% of Democrats say they want him to seek a second term, down from 52% in the weeks before last year’s midterm elections.
The reasons for believing that Biden shouldn’t run again were aplenty.
While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger.
Biden’s age and mental capacity have long been leading causes of concern for Democrats, particularly the large and vocal progressive wing of the party who’ve been adamant about nominating someone far younger and more radical for several consecutive elections now.