One of the most poignant political questions that our nation will face over the course of the next several months will be just who we’re willing to vote for in 2024.
This is a nation in flux. We’re turbulent and undulating and a bit nervous, if we’re being honest, and the idea that we’ll go through the tumult of 2020 again in 2024 has many of us already fretting the entire situation.
The moment is particularly fraught for the Democrats as well, as their gamble on reluctant candidate Joe Biden hasn’t panned out quite like they would have hoped.
A new poll demonstrates just how wrong they were, and just how much trouble they’re facing on the way to 2024.
As inflation keeps rising and recession fears loom, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Joe Biden is currently in the worst shape of his presidency.
The survey of 1,541 U.S. adults, which was conducted from June 10-13, found that if another presidential election were held today, more registered voters say they would cast ballots for Donald Trump (44%) than for Biden (42%) — even though the House Jan. 6 committee has spent the last week linking Trump to what it called a “seditious conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election and laying the groundwork for possible criminal prosecution.
And that’s not nearly all of the bad news, either:
Since Biden took office, no previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll has shown him trailing Trump (though Biden’s most recent leads have been within the margin of error, like this one is for Trump). One year ago, Biden led Trump by 9 percentage points. In 2020, Biden won the White House by more than 7 million votes.
Yet Biden’s job approval rating has been atrophying for much of the last year, and the new survey shows that it has never been weaker. A full 56% of Americans now disapprove of the president’s performance — the highest share to date — while just 39% approve. Three weeks ago, those numbers were 53% and 42%, respectively.
Biden’s performance has been abysmal, to say the least, and many prominent Democrats are now publicly distancing themselves from the idea that he should run again in 2024.