Support for President Biden seeking a second term in the White House has greatly increased since the summer, according to a new poll, while his support among young voters dwindles amid speculation about a potential re-election announcement.
A CNN/SSRS poll released Thursday found that 40% of likely Democratic voters would like to see Biden as the 2024 nominee, a 15-point increase in support after a summer CNN poll revealed 25% of Democratic-aligned voters said they would like to see him run.
Despite the boost, the new results also represent a 5% decrease from a January CNN poll that showed 45% of Democratic respondents hoped Biden represents their party next cycle.
Over the past few months, the number of Democrat voters of color seeking a new candidate to represent the party in the next election increased substantially from 43% in January to 53% in the December poll.
About 74% of Democrats younger than 35 would like a candidate other than Biden as the nominee, while 43% of individuals 65 and older hope there is a new candidate on the ballot.
Biden, who will be 82 at the time of the next election, has not officially announced if he will seek re-election but has said that he will make a decision after the holidays.
About 72% of Democrats who said they would like a candidate other than Biden as the 2024 nominee did not have a specific candidate they would like to see run in his place.
Among the Democratic respondents who would like to see a new candidate, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was the choice for 5% of respondents. Despite claiming he will not seek the presidency in the near future, 4% of respondents would like to see California Gov. Gavin Newsom on their ticket’s next cycle.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., received 4% of the vote, Vice President Kamala Harris locked in 3% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was the choice candidate to 2% of respondents.
About 47% of GOP respondents would like to see a candidate other than former President Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, just one month after he officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 election.
While 38% would like to see Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., as the GOP pick, the CNN poll also found that the Florida governor is viewed more favorably than Trump among Republican and Republican-leaning independent likely voters with 74% of GOP respondents seeing him in a positive light, compared to 63% who view Trump favorably.
The CNN/SSRS poll was conducted from Dec. 1-7 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.