Harris, Newsom top list of Democratic preferences if Biden doesn’t run: poll

Vice President Harris and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) are Democrats’ top two choices to run for president if President Biden chooses not to seek a second term in 2024, according to a new poll.

A NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll released Thursday found that 31% of Democrats polled would most favor Harris as the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee if Biden does not run, followed by 17% who chose Newsom.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucused with Democrats and was Biden’s closest contender for the 2020 nomination, received 13% support, followed by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who had a surprisingly strong performance in the 2020 race, at 10 years old. percent.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) each received less than 10 percent.

The poll found 30% of Democrats and 61% of respondents overall did not want Biden to run for another term.

While Biden and White House officials have repeatedly said he plans to run in 2024, the NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll isn’t the first to show a significant portion of Americans, including Democrats, aren’t keen on the president running again.

A New York Times/Siena College poll released earlier this month found that 64% of Democrats would prefer someone other than Biden in 2024.

Thursday’s poll was another sign of voter dissatisfaction with Biden, with 57% of respondents saying they disapproved of his performance and 43% saying they approved.

The issue of inflation also continues to be a top concern for Americans, with around 94% of respondents saying they are somewhat or very concerned about inflation.

This poll complicates an already difficult environment for Democrats who face several headwinds in November, including low Biden approval ratings, key issues like inflation and the general precedent that the president’s party generally suffers mid-term losses.

The NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll was conducted between July 22 and July 24 and surveyed approximately 1,000 registered voters, although the exact number of respondents varied by question. The margin of error also varied by question, but overall was within plus or minus three points.

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