A new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey found an increasing share of American voters do not want President Joe Biden to serve a second term as the chief executive of the United States.
The poll, shared exclusively with The Hill, found that seven in ten respondents do not think Biden should run for a second term. Among the respondents who said he should not run, there were three main reasons cited.
45% said Biden should not run for reelection because he is a bad president, expressing deep dissatisfaction in the job he’s doing as his approval ratings consistently show.
About 33% said he is too old. Biden would be 82 years old at the start of his second term, and he is already the oldest president in history.
Another 25% said it is time for a change, expressing dissatisfaction with the direction of the country in general.
“President Biden may want to run again but the voters say ‘no’ to the idea of a second term, panning the job he is doing as president. Only 30 percent of Democrats would even vote for him in a Democratic presidential primary,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey, said.
Interestingly, 60% of the respondents said they would consider a moderate independent if Biden and former President Donald Trump end up running against each other in 2024.
By party, 53% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said they would consider a moderate independent in that scenario.