Americans are unenthusiastic about reliving another duel between President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump, in the 2024 presidential election, even though such a showdown appears to be the most likely scenario at this point.
According to a new opinion poll conducted by NBC News, 60% of Americans, including about a third of Republicans, believe that Trump should not launch a new race for the White House.
Some 30% of those who think he shouldn’t campaign in 2024 cite the ‘criminal’ charges the current Grand Old Party frontrunner faces in New York as a ‘major reason’, the survey finds, further noting that at the same time, 70% of Americans think Biden should not seek a second term either, with 51% coming from his own Democratic camp. Biden’s advanced age, 80, was cited by 78% of those who believe he should no longer run.
Other opinion polls attest to the same low voter enthusiasm for Trump or Biden as they prepare for what could be a rematch. Trump launched his campaign in November, just after the midterms, and Biden is expected to enter the fray soon.
A Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that 38% of respondents said they felt “exhausted” about a rematch in the Biden-Trump presidential race.
In the NBC News poll, conducted in mid-April among 1,000 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, Trump still comes out on top in the GOP camp, with a 15% lead over the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – who still hasn’t announced his intention to run for president.
And 41% of registered voters said they would definitely or probably vote for Biden in the general election if he ran, 88% of whom are Democrats.