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Poll Finds Majority of Voters Want an Outside Candidate to Replace Biden in 2024

Neither Trump nor Biden have officially announced their plans for the 2024 election

Most American voters do not want President Joe Biden or President Donald Trump to seek reelection in 2024 according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by NewsNation and Decision Desk HQ, asked over 1,000 registered voters about a variety of issues, including crime, educational policy, and future national elections.

More than 60% of voters said Biden should not run for a second term and 57% of voters felt Trump should also not seek reelection in 2024.

Poll participants indicated that if Biden did not run for reelection in 2024, 16% would like to see Vice President Kamala Harris be the Democratic nominee while the second largest portion of voters – 11% – indicated they would want the party to nominate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The New York Post noted in June that Harris had said that “the president intends to run” and she would be Biden’s ticket mate “if he does” while speaking with reporters on Air Force Two. 

Currently, 36% of voters have a favorable opinion of the vice president while 53% have an unfavorable view of Harris.

In April, The Washington Post reported the Vermont senator had not “ruled out” running a third presidential campaign if Biden opted not to seek reelection. Sanders will be 83 in November of 2024. If elected, he would be the nation’s oldest president at his inauguration – replacing Biden, who was 78 years old when he was sworn into office in 2021.

Other possible Democratic nominees mentioned in the poll were Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and California Governor Gavin Newsom. Notably, no more than 10% of poll participants supported any of the other hypothetical nominees.

The largest portion of respondents – 44% – want the Democratic Party to select someone else for the 2024 presidential election. 

Voters had a similar reaction when asked who the Republican Party should nominate if Trump does not run in 2024. Just over 38% of those polled want someone other than the most commonly speculated candidates. 

This includes preferring an outsider to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the next most popular alternative to Trump at 23%, and former Vice President Mike Pence, who was preferred by 20%.

Other possible Republican presidential nominees included Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

According to The Hill, former New Jersey Governor Chirs Christie, former Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and outgoing Maryland Governor Larry Hogan are other Republicans that are likely to run for president in 2024.

Trump told New York Magazine in July that he had “already made that decision” about a presidential run in 2024 and that his “big decision” was if he should make an announcement before or after the upcoming midterm elections.

Neither Trump nor Biden have officially announced their plans for the 2024 election.

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