Poll Shows Americans Don’t Want Trump Revenge As Biden Mulls 2024 Run

A 2024 rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump is not wanted by the majority of Democrats and Republicans, according to a new poll.

About 62% of conservative-leaning Republican independents polled in the CNN/SSRS poll said they wanted their party to nominate someone other than Trump. Among liberal-leaning Democrats and independents, 59% said the same about Biden.

When the pressure came, however, respondents from both political affiliations said they would support their potential candidate if they were at the top of the ticket. About eight in 10 Republicans would support Trump in this scenario, and about 86% of left-leaning Democrats or independents would support Biden.

About 42% of those polled also expressed a favorable view of Biden, compared to 31% for Trump. This is the lowest favor recorded by Trump since a CNN/SSRS poll conducted between March 17 and 20, 2016.

L: Former President Donald Trump announces his 2024 candidacy at Mar-a-Lago on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. A: President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 8, 2022 in Washington, DC A new poll shows that Trump and Biden do not want members of either party to run for president.
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The poll surveyed 1,208 respondents via web and phone between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.

The largest drops in support for Trump between January and today are among Republican voters aged 65 or older (from 55% to 37%), white voters with a college degree (31% to 16%) and those described as “very conservative” (65 to 45%).

While 62% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they wanted a candidate other than Trump, a total of 38% specifically mentioned Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as their preferred candidate.

No other Republican, including Senators Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz and former Vice President Mike Pence, received more than 1% support.

That matches a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll released Tuesday that showed DeSantis leading Trump, 56% to 33%, among Republican voters and independents who identify as conservative or very conservative.

Biden, who has yet to make an official announcement regarding his 2024 intentions, so far faces no Democratic competition when it comes to a primary challenge.

A survey conducted on Newsweek’s The Redfield & Wilton Strategies account found that 58% of eligible voters don’t think Biden should run again, with 42% citing his age as the biggest hesitation.

Biden, the first octogenarian president will turn 81 in the next presidential election.

Names that have been floated to pose a potential challenge to the incumbent president include Vice President Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Of the 72% of CNN/SSRS poll respondents who don’t want Biden running again, 28% provided a specific candidate they’d rather take the reins. Buttigieg received 5% support, followed by Newsom, Sanders, Harris and Warren.

Johanna Maska, an official in former President Barack Obama’s administration who also worked alongside Biden, said during a recent podcast appearance that the Democratic Party needs “new leadership.”

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently said Biden would likely make a decision after the holidays, adding that he expects a re-election campaign to be the result.

Newsweek reached out to White House and Trump officials for comment.


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