Two Democratic names have risen to the top of the Democratic Party’s list of preferred candidates for the 2024 presidential nomination, should Joe Biden decide not to run again, according to a new survey.
“Vice President Kamala Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama are the top two picks for the Democratic presidential nomination if President Biden decides not to seek re-election in 2024,” the New York Post reported, citing The Hill-HarrisX poll.
“Harris leads all potential candidates with 13 percent of support from voters, while Obama came in a close second with 10 percent,” the outlet continued, adding:
Other likely candidates included Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
They all received 5 percent or less in support from registered voters.
However, a sizeable portion of respondents – 36% – also noted they were “unsure,” while 13% said they would not go with anyone on the list.
However, the White House has announced that Biden intends to run again in 2024, which could set up a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump, who has yet to formally announce another run.
All said, however, the approval ratings for Biden and Harris have cratered in recent weeks, putting their reelection bid in danger.
In fact, a plurality of U.S. voters want Democrat President Joe Biden out of office in 2022 as his approval rating continues to fall to new lows, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University survey released earlier this month.
Here are the 10 responses to the question about what voters say they want Biden to do by next year’s 2022 midterms:
- Resign/retire/quit – 20%
- Economy/jobs – 11%
- Unite/help the country – 8%
- Immigration/border control – 8%
- COVID/mandates – 6%
- Infrastructure bills – 5%
- Inflation – 4%
- Health care – 3%
- Climate change/environment – 3%
- Bipartisanship – 3%
The shocking new survey also found that support for Biden and Harris is in the tank.
“A year before the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans hold a clear lead on the congressional ballot as President Joe Biden’s approval rating sinks to a new low of 38%,” the paper reported Sunday, adding that Harris’ approval rating is worse: Just 28%.
The USA Today/Suffolk University survey also found:
- Nearly half of those surveyed, 46%, say Biden has done a worse job as president than they expected, including 16% of those who voted for him. Independents, by 7-1 (44%-6%), say he’s done worse, not better, than they expected.
- Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64%, say they don’t want Biden to run for a second term in 2024. That includes 28% of Democrats. Opposition to Trump running for another term in 2024 stands at 58%, including 24% of Republicans.
- Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating is 28% – even worse than Biden’s. The poll shows that 51% disapprove of the job she’s doing. One in 5, 21%, are undecided.
- Americans overwhelmingly support the infrastructure bill Biden is about to sign, but they are split on the more expensive and further-reaching “Build Back Better” act being debated in Congress. Only 1 in 4 say the bill’s provisions would help them and their families.
“If the election were today, those surveyed say, they would vote for their Republican congressional candidate over the Democratic one by 46%-38%, an advantage that would bode well for GOP hopes of gaining a majority in the House and the Senate,” the report noted.