President Biden lashed out a reporter who asked what he would say to Democrats who don’t want him to run for a second term Tuesday — insisting that the party is behind him despite a recent survey showing nearly two-thirds of its voters want a different nominee in 2024.
“They want me to run,” Biden, 79, said during the White House Congressional Picnic. “Read the poll. Read the polls, Jack. You guys are all the same. That poll showed that 92% of Democrats, if I ran, would vote for me.”
“A majority of Democrats say they don’t want you to run again in 2024,” a member of the press retorted.
“Ninety-two percent said if I did, they’d vote for me,” Biden repeated before walking away.
The New York Times/Siena College poll referenced in the exchange showed that while 92% of Democrats would vote for Biden if Donald Trump was his Republican opponent in 2024, 64% would prefer the party pick someone different to be its standard-bearer in two years.
The poll also found that 94% of Democrats under the age of 30 want somebody besides Biden at the top of the ticket.
The survey also contained dire news for Biden and Democrats heading into the November midterm elections.
It showed that Biden’s job approval rating was at just 33% and that 77% of Americans believe the country is moving in the wrong direction.
When asked why they would prefer a candidate other than Biden in 2024, 33% of Democrats pointed to his age, 32% cited his job performance, 12% said they just prefer someone new, 10% said Biden isn’t progressive enough, and 4% doubted his ability to win re-election.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also cited the 92% figure when asked to react to the poll’s findings Monday.
“You know, there’s going to be many polls,” she said. “They are going to go up and they are going to go down. This is not the thing that we are solely focused on.”