One in four Democrats want Biden to run again: poll

Among the party as a whole, he does enjoy favorable approval ratings, with 74% of Democrats approving of his official tenure.

Published: March 27, 2023 4:39pm

As President Joe Biden gears up for a likely reelection bid, his candidacy appears to be generating meager enthusiasm among the Democratic faithful, with just one-quarter of the party rank-and-file supporting him.

Only twenty-five percent of Democrats said Biden should seek a second term in the latest Monmouth University survey. 30% had no opinion while a plurality of 44% opposed his seeking reelection.

Despite that sentiment, however, there appears to be no consensus on an alternative candidate, with 51% of respondents unable to offer a different name. Furthermore, he does enjoy favorable approval ratings among the party as a whole, with 74% of Democrats approving of his official tenure.

Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray suggested that the absence of alternative candidates may stem from few making moves to run given Biden's own stated intention to do so.

"Democrats appear to be saying they like the job Biden has done, but maybe it’s time for him to move on when his term is up," he said. "However, no top tier of candidates emerges when these voters are asked to name a preferred alternative."

"Part of that could simply be the holding pattern that Democrats are in because Biden has signaled that he will, in fact, run," Murray added.

Conducted between March 16-20, the survey questioned 542 registered voters who identified as Democrats or Democrat-leaning.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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