Has the left moved on?
In what appears to be a lukewarm reception to a Biden-Trump rematch in 2024, a poll conducted by SSRS, an independent research company, on behalf of CNN suggests less than half of Democrats want President Biden to be their party’s nominee in the 2024 Presidential elections, compared to 51% who preferred a different candidate.
Trump seems to have the advantage, as 50% of Republicans wanted Trump to be the Presidential nominee, whereas 49% wanted another candidate.
Biden had more support from those 45 and older, as 52% of those polled wanted him to be the Democratic nominee. He also polled strongly among voters of color, as 55% chose Biden as their preferred candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Yet, these polling numbers aside, Biden has had to contend with fierce chatter and speculation about whether he would seek reelection in 2024.
In 2020, Biden made history, becoming the oldest to be elected President. If he wins in 2024, he’d start his second term at 82 and end at 86.
Despite the speculation, Biden confirmed his desire to seek reelection in 2024 when he answered in the affirmative when asked in March of last year — at his Presidency’s first formal news conference — about his 2024 plans.
“My answer is yes. I plan on running for reelection. That’s my expectation,” he said at the time.
Then in a December interview with ABC News when the question came up again, Biden said that “if I’m in the health I’m in now — if I’m in good health — then in fact, I would run again.”
Trump, however, hasn’t confirmed whether he will be seeking reelection in 2024. But he has alluded to a potential comeback, stating in a Fox News interview in November that he would likely only announce his 2024 plans after this year’s midterms. However, he teased the idea he would be staging a comeback, saying that “a lot of people will be happy” with what he decides.