by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Only just over a quarter of Americans want Joe Biden to run again in 2024, a new poll showed on Friday, citing concerns over his age.
The 80-year-old commander-in-chief is expected to announce his bid for a second term on Tuesday.
It means he would be 86 by the time he leaves office if he were to win re-election next year.
And just 47% of registered Democrats they want him to run, up from 37% who backed Biden’s candidacy in January.
Despite their apparent ambivalence, a large majority of the center-left party’s supporters that would vote for the former Delaware senator if he wins the nomination.
The poll, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found 41% say they definitely would and 40% say they probably would.
Biden’s support is at its weakest among younger Democrats under the age of 45, with just 25% saying they would ‘definitely’ back the president.
That is compared to 56 percent of older Democrats, the poll shows.
It comes as the president’s approval rating slips below 40 percent this month in a different poll, down from 42 percent last month.
Tuesday will mark four years to the day since he entered the 2020 race and faced off against Donald Trump.
The AP poll also found the one-time reality TV star’s 2024 bid was similarly unpopular.
As many as 30% of respondents said they don’t want him to run again, but 55% of Republicans did.
Biden looks set to secure his party’s nomination as he has only a handful of no-hoper rivals who have declared they plan to run against him in a possible primary.
They are self-help author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a notorious anti-vaccine activist and the nephew of slain ex-president John F. Kennedy.