President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump face a crucial test in the upcoming midterm elections, while a recent poll shows most Americans do not want to run for president again.
While neither Biden nor Trump are up for election this year, the midterm elections will have a major impact on the president’s agenda if Republicans can take control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, or both.
Trump has interfered in the election by offering a slew of endorsements, including nominees for the GOP Senate in tight races that will test the power of the former president’s support.
A poll by The economist/YouGov Sept. 24-27 showed a clear majority of Americans do not want Trump and Biden running for the White House again in 2024.
However, there were significant differences in the views of those who identified themselves as Democrats and those who identified themselves as Republicans.
Overall, 55 percent of respondents said they didn’t want Biden to run in 2024, compared to 21 percent who said they did and 24 percent who said they weren’t sure. This question polled 1,493 US adults.
When the poll asked the same question about Trump, 53 percent of respondents said they didn’t want him to run in 2024, while 29 percent said they did, and 18 percent said they weren’t sure. This question polled 1,485 US adults.
There were stark differences in the views of Democrats and Republicans on their potential 2024 nominees. Democrats were divided on another run for Biden, with 37 percent saying he should run again, 31 percent saying he shouldn’t, and 32 percent responding with “not sure”.
A very different picture emerged for Republicans’ views on whether former President Trump should seek another term, as a clear majority — 57 percent — said they wanted him to run.
Another 24 percent said they didn’t want Trump to run in 2024, while 20 percent weren’t sure.
news week has asked the White House and Trump’s office for comment.
Trump and Biden are widely viewed as the most likely 2024 elections for their respective parties, but neither has officially announced a campaign where either party’s primaries are not scheduled to begin before the first quarter of 2024.
There has been intense speculation about Biden’s decision and suggestions that given his age he will choose not to seek a second term. The President will be 80 years old in November. However, he and the White House have previously said he intends to run.
In contrast, Trump has repeatedly hinted at a third run at the White House in public comments, telling his supporters they will be “happy” when he finally makes a formal announcement.
Trump’s timing could depend on the outcome of the midterm elections. According to an analysis by poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, Republicans are favored to win the House of Representatives, while Democrats are slightly favored to retain control of the Senate.
GOP victories in November could see Biden’s agenda hampered in the two years leading up to the 2024 election while it remains to be seen how many Trump-backed candidates will win.
https://www.newsweek.com/biden-trump-approach-midterms-majority-not-wanting-run-again-1747515 Biden and Trump are nearing midterms, with the majority not wanting them to run again