Harvard-Harris Poll: Huge Majorities Say Biden ‘Too Old, Shouldn’t Run’

Harvard-Harris Poll: Huge Majorities Say Biden 'Too Old, Shouldn't Run' Joe Biden

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By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 02 July 2022 02:18 PM EDT

A large majority of voters in a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll say President Joe Biden should not seek a second term in office, with most saying either that he has been a bad president or that he'll be too old to serve for four more years.

Most respondents, at 71%, said they don't think Biden should run again, compared to 29% who say he should seek a second term.

Of those who said Biden shouldn't run:

  • 45% said he is a bad president.
  • 36% said he's too old.
  • 60% said they have doubts about his mental fitness.
  • 26% said they believe it is time for a change.

"President Biden may want to run again, but the voters say 'no' to the idea of a second term, panning the job he is doing as president. Only 30 percent of Democrats would even vote for him in a Democratic presidential primary," said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey.

Meanwhile, Biden came out as the favorite among potential Democrat candidates, but only netted about a third of the Democrats polled. His nearest potential challenger for the nomination was Vice President Kamala Harris, at 18%, followed by other possible candidates such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, getting only single-digit nods.

If Biden chooses not to run, Harris was the choice of most voters, at 25%, followed by Clinton at 15% and Sanders at 12%.

Biden's approval ratings suffered in the poll as well, as he got a 38% overall approval rating and low marks on:

  • Handling inflation, 28%.
  • The economy, 32%.
  • Stimulating jobs, 43%.
  • Reacting to COVID-19, 50%.

Meanwhile, a majority of the poll's respondents, at 61%, also said former President Donald Trump should not run for the White House again either, with 39% saying he should run.

Among those who said that Trump should not run:

  • 39% said he was erratic.
  • 33% said he would divide the country.
  • 30% said he was responsible for Jan. 6.

Furthermore, most voters, at 60%, said they would consider a moderate, independent candidate should Biden and Trump running against each other again, with 40% saying they will not consider it.

By party, 53% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said they'd consider the moderate candidate.

However, voters said, by a small lead, that they would pick Trump over either Biden or Harris if the election were being held now:

  • Trump over Biden, 43% to 40%.
  • Trump over Harris, 45% to 39%.

But Harris came out ahead in a potential race against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also being mentioned as a potential contender against Trump for the GOP nomination, at 39% to 37%.

The survey was conducted on June 28-29 and polled 1,308 registered voters. The online sample was drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. It was a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll and did not report a confidence interval.

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