New Poll: Support among Democrats for Biden in 2024 Rises while Republicans Grow Skeptical of Trump

A new national poll shows that Democrats and Independent voters who lean Democrat are becoming more inclined to support the idea of President Joe Biden running again to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024. 

Half of Democratic-leaning independents and Democrats queried in the NPR/PBS NewsHour/ Marist poll released Wednesday said the party has a greater chance of winning the White House in 2024 with the president as the nominee. 

However, forty-five percent said a different candidate would improve the chances for victory. 

The poll results mark a significant shift in public opinion, as the president was on the lower end of the scale on the same question in November. 

“This change in perception comes as Biden’s approval rating among Americans, overall, has inched up after his State of the Union Address last week,” said Marist in a news release. 

Biden, who is 80, says he intends to seek reelection to a second term in the White House but has yet to kick off a reelection campaign. 

Polled Republicans say the party has better chance of winning the White House without Trump

In the meantime, most Republican-leaning Independents and Republicans polled in the nationwide survey said the party has a better chance to win back the top office in 2024 with someone other than former President Donald Trump leading.

Fifty-four percent of registered members of the GOP and GOP-leaning Independents said Republicans have a greater chance of winning in 2024 without former President Trump, which is a number identical to last year. Only 42% of respondents said Trump would give Republicans a benefit in the 2024 general election.

The poll illustrates the former president’s approval rating among people who lean toward or identify with the Republican Party fell from 79% in November to 68% in February — which is the lowest level seen in Marist’s polling since before winning the 2016 presidential election.

During the first three months of Donald Trump’s recent bid for the White House, many have questioned his political longevity, with political pundits from both the right and left criticizing his comments and actions since his mid-November campaign launch. After the lackluster showing by the GOP in the midterms, Trump has been blamed for backing polarizing Republican nominees, who then lost in the general election. 

The survey, conducted last week, surveyed more than 1,300 adults and came as the GOP presidential primary is ramping up. Clear pictures are emerging of who potential Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Trump voters are. 

Trump and DeSantis differ in deciding who the ultimate candidate will be. Presently, DeSantis is the joint front-runner with Trump for the nominations. His support leans more toward Republicans with college degrees, who live in suburbs and cities and make more money when compared with Trump’s more rural, blue-collar appeal.