US President Joe Biden / Image-The White House
A recent poll of a nationally representative sample of 2024 voters suggests that Joe Biden should step down from the presidential race and run for Vice President to allow a younger Democratic or Independent candidate to run. Biden will turn 81 in November 2023.
The poll by SurveyUSA found that among Democrats, three quarters (76 per cent) of the voters say they are satisfied with Biden as their party’s candidate, 60 per cent expressed concerns about his age, and 69 per cent respondents said it would be a good idea for the reigning President to run for VP instead in 2024.
Among Independents, 32 per cent said they were satisfied with Biden’s presidential candidacy, while 50 per cent said they would strongly prefer someone else. Almost three-quarters or 76 per cent of the respondents said they were concerned about Biden’s age, and two in five of the Independent voters said it would be a good idea if Biden ran for VP instead.
The idea of Biden running for VP instead of President was more popular among young voters. Around 69 per cent of the respondents under 50 thought it was a good idea compared to 48 per cent of those over 50.
Biden announced his bid for reelection in April 2023. In a three-minute video, he said, "When I ran for president four years ago, I said we are in a battle for the soul of America — and we still are….The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom, more rights or fewer. I know what I want the answer to be. This is not a time to be complacent. That's why I'm running for re-election."