Biden's Lackluster Announcement: Democrats Not Excited for Second Term

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intention to run for a second term in the White House, and nobody cares, including his base. Biden’s announcement, which was highly anticipated by absolutely no one, came in a video titled “Freedom.”


In the video, the president reiterated his tired old diatribes about fighting for the “soul of our nation,” fighting for “democracy” and “blah blah blah.”

While some in the activist media are unsuccessfully trying to garner excitement for this development, recent polling suggests that even Democrats aren’t all that enthused about Biden seeking another nap term as president.

According to a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, only 22 percent of Democrats expressed excitement about President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign, while 28 percent expressed confidence in his effort to win another term. Additionally, 45 percent of Democrats believe Biden should not run for reelection, with 86 percent of them citing his age (80) as the reason.

However, a slim majority of 55 percent believe he should seek the nomination. About 59 percent of Democratic respondents disapprove of Biden’s performance with only 41 percent approving. Another CIVIQs poll shows that 67 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under Biden’s leadership.

From CBS News:

The Democrats who want Mr. Biden to run again think his job performance warrants it and, echoing their 2020 calculus, say he can beat Republicans again in 2024.

But nearly half of Democrats don’t want him to run, and they overwhelmingly cite his age as a reason. It’s not because they think he’d lose. They simply say it’s “time for someone new.”

That said, this is important: even most Democrats who say he shouldn’t run would still consider supporting him in the primaries.

What might matter, though, is excitement, because that could spur campaign activity, donations, and other influential factors in the near term.


The bottom line is that Biden running for re-election is nothing to be excited about even among Democratic voters. For them, the only motivation for supporting him is making sure that Republicans do not win the White House in 2024.

Speaking of Republicans, these poll results could provide an opportunity for the GOP to capitalize on in the 2024 election. If Biden’s own party members are not fully energized and supportive of his candidacy, it could potentially affect his overall campaign momentum and turnout among Democratic voters. Republicans could seek to exploit this perceived lack of enthusiasm among Democrats by trying to sway independent and moderate voters, as well as dissatisfied Democrats, to consider alternative candidates or even a third-party option.

Additionally, Republicans could use concerns about Biden’s age as a talking point to question his fitness for office, raise doubts about his ability to effectively govern, and potentially sway undecided voters. Fortunately for the GOP, Biden’s apparent cognitive issues are constantly on display every time he speaks, so there will be plenty of fodder to exploit.

Overall, these poll findings suggest that President Biden may face challenges in mobilizing his own party base and maintaining high levels of enthusiasm and confidence among Democrats in his 2024 reelection campaign. Republicans may look to capitalize on this by seeking to weaken Biden’s support among his own party members and targeting independent and moderate voters.


However, it’s important to note that polls are not definitive predictors of future election outcomes, and many factors can influence the dynamics of an election campaign. Moreover, we cannot discount the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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