A recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has revealed that a majority of Democrats now believe President Joe Biden should only serve one term.
The poll showed that only 37% of Democrats want Biden to run for re-election in 2024, a significant decrease from the 52% who felt that way before the midterm elections.
Despite Biden’s claims that he plans to run again, the poll suggests that few Americans give him high marks for his legislative victories and leadership.
Respondents in follow-up interviews stated that the President’s age is seen as a liability, with many focused on his coughing, gait, gaffes, and the belief that the demanding job of the President is better suited for someone younger.
The poll showed that 41% of all U.S. adults approve of how Biden is handling his job as President, a similar rating to the end of last year.
Although a majority of Democrats still approve of his job performance, their support for a re-election campaign has diminished.
Only 22% of U.S. adults overall think he should run for re-election, a decrease from 29% before the midterm elections.
The decrease in support for a Biden re-election campaign is particularly pronounced among younger Democrats.
While 49% of Democrats age 45 and over think he should run for re-election, nearly as many as the 58% who felt that way in October, only 23% of those under 45 now think he should run again, compared to 45% before the midterm elections.
The poll also revealed that only 13% of U.S. adults have a lot of confidence in Biden’s ability to achieve major policy goals, possibly reflecting his current challenge of working with a Republican-majority House that wants to cut spending in exchange for lifting the government’s borrowing authority.
Furthermore, only 23% of U.S. adults have “a great deal” of confidence in Biden’s ability to effectively manage the White House, a decrease from 28% a year ago and significantly lower than 44% two years ago when he first took office.
Additionally, 21% of Americans have a lot of confidence in Biden’s ability to handle a crisis, down slightly from 26% last March.
The poll was conducted from January 26 to 30 and surveyed 1,068 adults using a sample from the AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.