A new ABC News-Washington Post poll has found that only 35 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want President Joe Biden to run for a second White House term in 2024, while 56 percent want the party to pick someone else.
The survey further revealed that Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are split 47 percent to 46 percent on whether Donald Trump should be their 2024 presidential nominee—a hefty twenty-point drop for the former president compared to his 2020 nomination.
“The unpopularity of both figures may encourage third-party hopefuls, though they rarely do well,” ABC News wrote.
In a head-to-head rematch, the poll is projecting a 48 percent to 46 percent Biden-Trump contest. Among registered voters, though, the figures are reversed.
“That’s even while 52% of Americans say Trump should be charged with a crime in any of the matters in which he’s under federal investigation, similar to views after the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6,” the news outlet continued.
“It’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do,” said the president, who will be eighty-one years old in 2024.
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” he added.
Meanwhile, according to a Politico report, several top advisers of Trump are launching a new super PAC called MAGA Inc. that is expected to spend heavily over the next several weeks to support endorsed candidates in the midterm elections and potentially become a campaign apparatus for Trump’s 2024 run.
MAGA Inc., expected to meld with an existing Trump-sanctioned super PAC, MAGA Again!, “will become the primary vehicle for Trump’s operation to engage in political activity in 2022,” the news outlet wrote. “The outfit is designed to funnel large sums into key races and could conceivably be used to boost Trump in the event he seeks the White House again.”
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.