If Biden doesn't run, Democrats' top choices are Harris and Newsom, according to a poll

 If Biden doesn't run, Democrats' top choices are Harris and Newsom, according to a poll

If Biden doesn't run, Democrats' top choices are Harris and Newsom, according to a poll

In the event that President Biden decides against running for re-election in 2024, Vice President Harris and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) are the Democrats' top two candidates.


According to a NewsNation-Decision Desk HQ poll conducted on Thursday, Harris would be preferred by 31% of Democrats over Newsom and 17% over Biden as the party's 2024 presidential contender.

With 13 percent of the vote, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with Democrats and was Biden's top rival for the nomination in 2020, was followed by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who surprised many with his performance in the 2020 contest with 10%.


Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the governor of Illinois, and J.B. Pritzker each received less than 10% of the vote.


According to the poll, 61 percent of respondents overall and 30 percent of Democrats opposed Biden running for re-election.


The NewsNation-Decision Desk HQ poll is not the first to demonstrate that a large majority of Americans, especially Democrats, are not thrilled about the president running again, despite the fact that Biden and White House officials have consistently stated that he plans to run in 2024.


64 percent of Democrats said they would prefer someone other than Biden as president in 2024, according to a New York Times-Siena College poll released earlier this month.


With 57 percent of respondents indicating they disapproved of Biden's performance and 43 percent saying they liked, the survey conducted on Thursday was another another indication of voter unhappiness with him.

About 94 percent of those surveyed said they are very or extremely concerned about inflation, indicating that it is still a major concern for Americans.


That polling exacerbates an already difficult situation for Democrats, who will face a number of obstacles in November, including low support for Vice President Biden, high inflation, and the historical pattern where the president's party typically experiences some losses in the midterm elections.


Around 1,000 registered voters were surveyed in the NewsNation-Decision Desk HQ poll, which was held from July 22 to July 24; however, the precise number of respondents varied by question. Although the margin of error varied from question to question, it was generally about plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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