Polls Show Low Enthusiasm for Biden 2024 Campaign

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The Facts

  • A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that just 37% of Democrats want Pres. Joe Biden to seek a second term, a drop from the 52% who said they supported him running again in a poll taken just after last year's midterms.

  • Biden’s approval rating in this latest poll stood at 41% — similar to his approval at the end of 2022 — and it showed that a majority of Democrats approve of the president’s work. However, among all Americans, just 22% said he should run for re-election.

The Spin

Republican narrative

Americans are right to be lukewarm about Biden’s performance. A Biden 2024 run would force the democratic leader to answer for his age and mental capacity, as well as Kamala Harris’ poor performance as vice president, his own classified documents scandal, and the seemingly nonstop controversy surrounding his son, Hunter. Biden would also have to take responsibility for a slow economic recovery that might be hindered further by the Federal Reserve’s aggressive rate raising, while ordinary Americans continue to face rising prices.

Democratic narrative

Tribalism and negative media spin will always keep Biden's approval rating artificially low. The most important thing to consider in the context of a potential 2024 campaign is economic recovery, seen most recently in the jobs report. The predicted recession has yet to arrive and, if the economy stays on track, current successes will give Biden the kind of popularity among voters that would see him elected to the White House for a second term.

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