With out national political situation now evolving at hyper-speed in this digitally-infused 21st century, the popularity of any particular public official can wax and wane in an instant. An errant tweet, an embarrassing flub caught on video – anything of the sort can be replicated and disseminated in an instant on Twitter, Facebook, and beyond, leading to an avalanche of public opinion.
And this swiftness has accelerated the macro-political calendar as well, with presidents falling out of favor before their first term is even halfway over. (Spoiler alert: It’s happening right now with the Democrats).
After some time in this turbo-charged landscape, Americans begin to crave the rapid-fire changes even, as evidenced by a recent poll showing that neither of the most obvious 2024 candidates are going to run away with the primaries.
Americans are sick and tired of President Biden and former President Donald Trump and don’t want to see either run for president in 2024.
The Economist/YouGov poll surveyed 1,500 Americans, and 56% responded that they did not want 80-year-old Biden to run again in 2024, while 54% said that they didn’t want to see 76-year-old Trump embark on his third presidential campaign.
Trump’s slight advantage continues throughout the survey.
Only 22% of people surveyed said that they did want to see Biden run again, and 31% said they supported Trump seeking the office of the presidency in 2024.Advertisement - story continues below
Those unsure about a Biden 2024 run totaled 22%, and 15% said they were unsure about a Trump run.
There was more troubling news for Trump as well:
The poll also found Trump and potential 2024 primary opponent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) neck and neck, with 20% of people surveyed indicating that Trump was their preferred 2024 Republican nominee, and 18% saying DeSantis was.
A feud has long been simmering between Trump and DeSantis, with the former President reportedly seething over the Florida Governor’s potential 2024 run for the White House.