2 in 3 Democratic-aligned voters now say Biden should not be nominee: survey
About 2 in 3 Democratic-aligned voters say that they would like to see a different nominee than President Biden, a survey released Thursday found.
Sixty-seven percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters surveyed in the CNN poll said they would like their party to nominate someone other than Biden — which is up from the 54 percent who said the same in March. Out of those who would like to see a different candidate, 82 percent said that they would prefer any candidate besides the sitting president.
Eighteen percent listed a specific alternative to Biden, but just 1 percent, respectively, said they would support one of Biden’s primary challengers: Marianne Williamson or Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg each received 3 percent support, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer each received 2 percent support.
The poll also found that Democratic support for seeing Biden as inspiring confidence has dropped 19 points since March and now stands at 51 percent. Declining numbers of Democratic-aligned voters also see him as having the stamina and sharpness to serve effectively as president, which is now at 49 percent and down 14 points since March.
The biggest concern among Democratic voters is Biden’s age, with nearly half of Democratic-aligned respondents listing it as a top concern. More than half say his age may negatively affect his physical and mental competence, 60 percent said it will negatively impact his ability to be reelected and 61 percent said that it could impact his ability to complete another full term if reelected.
The poll was conducted by SSRS from Aug. 25-31 among 1,259 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.