(UnitedVoice.com) – For months, political pundits speculated about whether President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were going to run for reelection. The POTUS repeatedly said he intended to run again, but stopped short of making an official announcement. Meanwhile, his approval ratings sank lower and lower.
That all changed on April 25, four years to the day he announced his presidential bid in 2019. Though he is running again, the American people have been pretty clear about their feelings regarding a potential second term.
What The Polls Indicate
On April 23, NBC News released a new poll where they asked people about the 2024 election. Pollsters wanted to know how voters felt about the possibility of President Joe Biden running for reelection. A whopping 70%, including 51% of Democrats, said they do not believe Biden should run for a second term. Of those who said he shouldn’t, half of them responded that his age was a “major” reason for their decision.
Biden is currently the oldest serving POTUS. He will be 81 years old when voters head to the polls next year, just a few weeks shy of his 82nd birthday.
Comparatively, 60% of voters said they don’t believe Trump should run. However, his party was firmly in his corner, with 68% of Republican voters saying it was necessary to support his candidacy.
Biden’s Approval Ratings
According to FiveThirtyEight’s polling averages, the president has a net -10 approval rating. That means more Americans disapprove of his job performance than approve of it. That’s not exactly shocking, considering the NBC News poll found 70% of citizens do not even want him to run for reelection. It’s not just Americans who have lost confidence in the country’s leadership, either.
Gallup’s Global Leadership Report revealed the United States has slipped in leadership scores for the second year in a row. People in more than 130 countries were surveyed about their views on US leadership compared to other countries. For the second time during the Biden years, the score fell for America. In 2022, the median leadership score was 41%, down from 45% the year prior. When Biden took office in 2021, his score was 49% for the first six months.
What Does It All Mean?
It’s hard to tell at this point whether the numbers are pointing to disaster for the Biden campaign. Other presidents who went on to win reelection were in the same boat as him at this stage of their first term. For example, Gallup found former President Barack Obama’s approval was just 44% on April 25, 2011. Frankly, the election is just too far away to make any predictions. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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