61% of California voters oppose a second term for Biden

Even in the deep blue of California, voters are telling President Joe Biden to pass the torch in 2024, according to a poll released Friday.

A survey of more than 9,200 registered voters from the Berkeley Institute of Government Studies found that 61% said Biden should not seek a second term. Factoring in party affiliation, even Democrats are evenly split on a Biden second term — with 46% opposed and 46% in favor — while 87% of Republicans oppose Biden running for office. new to the White House.

So who do California voters want to run the country? Their governor — Gavin Newsom.

The poll provided registered Democrats with a list of 16 politicians, and while the results were far from overwhelming, Newsom won the most first and second picks at 25%, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Deputy President Kamala Harris at 18%. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez followed with 13% and 7% when asked for the voters’ top two picks.

SAN LEANDRO, CA – SEPTEMBER 8: Vice President Kamala Harris and California Governor Gavin Newsom wave to supporters after Vice President Harris spoke at an anti-recall rally in San Leandro, Calif. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. A new poll finds most Californians prefer Newsom to Harris — and his boss, President Joe Biden — in 2024. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

“While many California Democrats are unconvinced that Biden should run again, the lack of a clear Democratic alternative may give the president more room to avoid a serious primary challenge should he decide to seek re-election.” , Eric Schickle, co-director of the Institute for Government Studies, said.

After soundly rebuffing a recall effort last year, Newsom has resisted openly discussing his political aspirations beyond his re-election run in November. But the governor is increasingly appearing in the conversation of likely candidates if Biden drops plans to run again in 2024. Newsom has led the fight on hot issues against rival governors in Texas and Florida, even running ads in Texas and Florida, trolling Lone Star State Governor Greg Abbott and Sunshine State Governor Ron DeSantis on gun control and abortion.

Among California Republicans, support remains strong for former President Donald Trump despite a slew of new revelations regarding his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill, with 38% supporting a second Trump presidency, followed by 27% supporting at DeSantis. If Trump does not choose to run in 2024, DeSantis dominates the field of 11 possible candidates with 53% of voters’ choices.

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