A new poll released on Thursday is painting a less-than-rosy picture for President Joe Biden as he tries to convince the American public to give him another four years in the White House.
The CNN-SSRS poll found two-thirds of Democratic-leaning voters surveyed think the party should not nominate the incumbent president for the role again in 2024. When asked who would be their pick besides Biden, answers were split between multiple people, with no one choice receiving more than 3%.
However, 82% of Democratic-leaning voters seeking an alternative said they want “Just someone besides Joe Biden.”
Nearly half of Democratic-leaning voters said Biden’s age is their biggest concern when it comes to the Democratic incumbent president. Concerns over his mental competence and health were next, with each with 7%.
Speaking again just of voters with a Democratic preference, 56% said they are “seriously concerned” about Biden’s age impacting his level of physical and mental competence and 60% the same about his ability to win in 2024 if he is the party’s nominee.
This follows multiple other polls recently showing concerns about the president’s age looming over his bid for a second term. Biden, 80, is the oldest sitting U.S. president and would be 86 at the end of a second term.
In deep-blue California, a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted in late August found 47% of likely voters in the state would consider supporting a third-party candidate if Nov. 2024 ends up being a rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump – who polls show is currently the leading candidate for the GOP nomination.
An AP-NORC poll released last week found more than three-fourths of Americans said Biden was too old to serve another four years as president while 69% of Democrats said the same thing.
Meanwhile, when it came to Trump only 51% of Americans said he was too old, despite the former president being only three years younger than Biden.
Further highlighting the attention on age in this election cycle, a new poll from The Economist/YouGov released on Thursday found 76% of Americans say there should be a limit to how old you can be to serve as president.
The CNN poll found only one percentage point separated Biden and Trump when respondents were asked which candidate they would choose if the election were held today. Biden received 46% to Trump’s 47%. A New York Times and Siena College poll last month that found the two tied at 43%.
Biden was neck-and-neck with the other major Republican presidential candidates according to the CNN poll, including with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Biden and the Florida governor both received 47%.
Former Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was the only candidate to lead Biden by a sizable margin, with Haley bringing in 49% to Biden’s 43%.