Chairman Joe Biden may face an uphill battle to win re-election in 2024 as a series of recent polls show he lost to former president Donald Trump, while bookmakers offer better odds on the Republican.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the issue of Biden running again during remarks made aboard Air Force One on Monday, amid ongoing speculation about his plans, particularly with regard to his age.
The president turned 79 on November 20 – he was already the oldest person to ever serve as president – and his approval has been on a downward spiral since late August.
Psaki was asked about reports that Biden had told allies that he would seek another term and whether he planned to run in 2024.
“It’s him. It’s his intention,” Psaki said.
However, a number of recent polls suggest this a Biden 2024 campaign will be difficult for the president, as a majority of voters do not seem willing to support him.
A poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies published Thursday showed that only 39 percent of Americans would vote for Biden in 2024 compared to 44 percent who said they would vote for former President Donald Trump.
A poll from Emerson College conducted from November 3rd to 4th showed a similar result, where Trump beat Biden by 45 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical 2024 rematch.
ONE USA TODAY/ Suffolk University poll conducted from November 3 to 5 showed that 64 percent of respondents do not want Biden to run for another term, while 58 percent said the same about Trump.
It’s a similar picture when it comes to odds on the 2024 election. Betfair, which operates the world’s largest online betting exchange, gave Biden odds of 4/1 to win the next presidential election from Tuesday morning.
Trumps odds from the same bookmaker were at a slightly better 3/1, while Vice President Kamala Harris was not far behind the president with 5/1 odds of winning the White House.
President Biden’s approval rating may also be a cause for concern. Poll tracker FiveThirtyEight tracks the president’s approval based on analyzes of a wide range of polls and his own system of polls.
The bid’s approval rating was 42.8 percent on Nov. 22, while the president’s disapproval was 52.2 percent. His approval has been declining since August 30 – the day before the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Other recent polls could also give the president a break. ONE Fox News poll conducted from 14 to 17 November found that 53 percent of respondents agreed that Biden’s age “interferes with his ability to serve effectively as president.”
Forty percent of respondents did not think so The age of the bite interferes with this ability to perform his work. Similarly, a POLITICO / Morning Consult poll conducted from 13 to 15 November showed that 48 percent of registered voters did not agree that Biden was mentally healthy, while 46 percent did.
The same poll showed that 50 percent of respondents did not agree that Biden “is in good health”, with 40 percent agreeing with the statement.
The Democratic primary in 2024 is still a distant perspective, but Biden’s intention to run for another term gives extra relevance to his recent poor performance in a series of polls.