Can Biden Make it to 2024, and Do the Democrats Want Him to Run Again? Despite calling himself a “transitional candidate” during the 2020 presidential race, which was interpreted by many as a commitment to step aside for his running mate before the end of his first term, President Joe Biden has said that he plans to run again in 2024.
Answering questions about whether he would run again, President Biden told ABC News anchor David Muir, “yes – but look, I’m a greater respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times.”
“If I’m in the health I’m in now, if I’m in good health, then in fact, I would run again,” he said.
With a poor showing in the polls over the last year, however, the question of whether the president really plans to run again is being asked more and more.
Will President Joe Biden make another run for president in 2024, or might he bow out and make way for someone younger?
Polls Don’t Look Good for Joe Biden
If President Biden intends to run again in 2024, he’ll need to improve his showing in the polls not just to ensure he retains his party’s nomination but also to give him a shot at winning in the presidential election.
Polls continue to show the president with minority support among the American public, with Pew Research Center showing only 41% of Americans approving of the job he is doing. 56%, meanwhile, disapprove of the job he’s doing.
Another poll from Redfield & Wilton Strategies published last month showed only 39% of Americans pledging to vote for President Joe Biden in 2024, compared to 44% who said that they would vote for former President Donald Trump.
Following the Democrats’ loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race in 2021, President Biden’s odds of winning in the 2024 presidential elections dropped substantially. BetOnline reported that his odds fell from 7-2 to 4-1.
Already the oldest president in American history, Joe Biden will be 82 years old by the time he is sworn in for his second term. Critics already argue that the president is experiencing severe cognitive decline, meaning that not only will the president’s policies and performance come into play in 2024’s primary season but his age and overall health will, too.
Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and report on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.