Joe Biden Loses Base as Black Voters Want Different 2024 Candidate: Poll

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President Joe Biden is facing the potential loss of a part of his political base as a new poll indicated that a significant number of Black voters want a different Democratic presidential nominee in 2024.

Biden has repeatedly said that he intends to run for a second term in 2024. Biden, 79, is the oldest president in U.S. history and will be 81 on Election Day in 2024.

But 64 percent of Democratic voters said they would prefer another candidate as the party’s nominee, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll conducted last week.

Only 26 percent said the party should renominate Biden, the poll found.

Among Black voters, 43 percent said they think Biden should be the Democratic nominee in 2024. But in a sign that Biden’s political base could be eroding, 47 percent of Black voters said they want a different Democratic presidential nominee in 2024.

A new poll showed that U.S. President Joe Biden could be losing support among Black voters as 47 percent said they did not want to see Biden as the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee. Pictured, Biden walks on the South Lawn prior to his departure from the White House on July 8, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The desire for a new candidate to lead the Democrats was most popular among younger voters: 94 percent of those under 30 said they wanted a different nominee.

Concerns about Biden’s age ranked at the top of the list of reasons that voters want Democrats to find an alternative nominee, with 33 percent of respondents expressing that concern.

That was followed closely by dissatisfaction with Biden’s job performance (32 percent). Another 12 percent said they would prefer someone new, while 10 percent said Biden was not progressive enough. Some also raised concerns about his ability to win in 2024 (4 percent) and his mental acuity (3 percent).

Biden was given a 33 percent job approval rating in the poll, which was conducted among 849 registered voters between July 5 and 7.

But Black voters did give Biden a higher rating—62 percent—than voters in any other race/ethnicity, age group or education level.

Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming percentage of Republican voters (89 percent) said they disapprove of how Biden is handling the job.

However, a majority of independents—68 percent—also disapprove of the president’s performance.

Among Democrats, Biden’s approval rating is a relatively low 70 percent—which could prove perilous as Biden seeks to turn out voters ahead in the 2022 midterms to maintain control of Congress.

Still, the poll found Biden narrowly ahead of Donald Trump if the 2024 election were a rematch of the 2020 race, with 44 percent of voters choosing Biden compared to 41 percent going with Trump.

Among Democrats, 92 percent would side with Biden if he were up against Trump in 2024.

Worries about the economy, inflation and gun policies have made many Americans pessimistic about the nation’s future.

According to the poll, 77 percent of respondents say the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction—with similar numbers saying the same in every age range and racial group and both political parties.

Just 13 percent of Americans say the nation is on the right track, which is the lowest figure in the Times’ polling since the financial crisis over a decade ago, the newspaper reported.

Newsweek has reached out to the White House for comment.