Nearly nine out of ten Democratic voters polled in a Friday poll believe President Joe Biden should not be leading the party, and many party leaders now admit he is too old to run again in 2024.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) all received 5% of the possible answers, which included seven options, according to the AP-NORC poll.
Embattled Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg received 3%, as did Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The most common responses, however, were "no answer" and "other response," with 37% and 21%, respectively.
However, the same poll did not bode well for the current Republican Party leadership.
Only 20% of self-identified Republicans believe former President Donald Trump should lead the Republican Party, while 22% believe Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would be a better candidate. According to the poll, 34% of respondents chose "no answer," while 21% chose "other response."
“Republicans and Democrats alike are expressing concerns about the direction of the parties. Democrats are more optimistic than pessimistic about the future of their party (44% vs 26%), while Republicans are about equally optimistic (38%) and pessimistic (36%) about where their party is headed,” the pollsters said.
According to the survey results, voters on both sides of the aisle lack confidence in their respective parties, but the GOP appears to be in worse shape.
“Only 22% of Republicans are very or extremely confident that their party’s leadership represents their values,” the pollsters noted.
“Fifty-five percent are somewhat confident and 21% are not confident. In contrast, 42% of Democrats are very or extremely confident that the Democratic leadership represents their values, 36% are somewhat confident, and 20% have little or no confidence.”
And both sides have a dim view of the job Congress is doing: “Only 19% of adults have a positive view of Congress’ job performance, including 20% of Democrats and 17% of Republicans. Seventy-nine percent disapprove,” the poll of 1,068 adults nationwide found.
“The public, regardless of party identification, has little optimism about politics in the United States these days,” the pollsters wrote.
“Sixty-three percent are pessimistic about the state of politics, 15% are optimistic, and 21% are neither optimistic nor pessimistic.”
At the same time, a separate report revealed that Democratic Party leaders believe Biden is too old to run for president again next year: “Nobody wants to be the one to do something that would undermine the chances of a Democratic victory in 2024,” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) told Politico for a story published Thursday. “Yet in quiet rooms, the conversation is just the opposite — we could be at a higher risk if this path is cleared.”