Most Americans don’t want Trump or Biden to run in 2024 — poll

Most Americans don’t want Trump or Biden to run in 2024 — poll
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14): Most Americans don’t want either President Joe Biden or his predecessor Donald Trump to run for the White House again in 2024.

Citing a Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) at Harvard University and the Harris Poll, American newspaper and digital media company The Hill reported on Tuesday (Sept 13) that two-thirds of voters surveyed — 67% — said that Biden shouldn’t seek another term in the Oval Office, with nearly half citing their belief that he’s a bad president.

Another 30% said it’s simply because Biden, who would be 84 by the time he takes the Oath of Office again, is too old for the job.

Trump, meanwhile, did not fare much better when it came to a 2024 run.

Some 57% said that the former president shouldn’t mount another bid for the White House, despite his repeated hints that he plans to do so.

According to the poll, when it comes to the reason why most voters aren’t keen on another Trump White House run, respondents were divided.

36% said that it’s because he is “erratic”, while another 33% said they believe he will divide the country.

Nearly as many — 31% — pointed to his role in the Jan 6 riot at the US Capitol.

If the two men end up in a 2024 rematch, however, 60% of voters said they would be open to supporting a moderate independent candidate in the election.

The poll suggested that voters on both sides of the aisle are largely ready to move on from the bitter rivalries that have dominated US politics in recent years, especially given the possibility that the 2024 presidential election could end up looking a lot like it did in 2020.

Harvard CAPS/Harris poll co-director Mark Penn said Americans want a clear change from the current president and the last one.

“There will be a virtual voter revolt if these are the two candidates once again,” he said.

Republicans, however, remain loyal to Trump, with 59% of GOP voters saying they would cast their ballot for him in the 2024 presidential primary.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, comes in a distant second place at 17% support.

Without Trump on the primary ballot, however, DeSantis would be the clear favourite for the GOP nomination.

39% of Republican respondents said they would support him, putting the Florida governor well ahead of the second-place finisher, former vic-president Mike Pence, who notched 18%.