New polling suggests that the lion’s share of voters want – or at least anticipate – a 2024 rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in the race for the White House, though it also reveals a surprising level of support for the concept of former first lady Michelle Obama replacing the current commander in chief on the Democrat ticket.
As the Washington Examiner reports, a recent survey conducted by Zogby Analytics reveals that on the Republican side of the equation, Trump continues to marshal substantial support to represent the party at the top of the presidential ticket.
According to the Zogby poll, respondents were asked for whom they would vote if the GOP primary was held today, and 59.1% indicated that Trump was their preferred candidate, with the two closest competitors being former Vice President Mike Pence, who garnered 12% support and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who took 7.4%.
Though his approval ratings have been in freefall for quite some time, Biden still managed to hold the top spot when it comes to which candidate self-identified Democrats want as their contender in the next presidential election cycle, snagging 40.2% of the tally.
Interestingly, however, was the name of the runner-up, as it was not Biden’s current second in command and the presumptive Democrat Party heir apparent, Kamala Harris, but rather former first lady Michelle Obama.
With Harris’ approval ratings now sitting at a staggering low of 28%, which is 10 points lower than Biden’s, perhaps it is not terribly shocking that voters in her party are leery of her prospects for electoral success, but the emergence of Mrs. Obama as a top potential candidate is something of a surprise.
Pollster Jonathan Zogby put things bluntly when it comes to Harris’ political future, saying, “The data will..tell you Vice President Kamala Harris will not be president in this lifetime,” but to the apparent disappointment of numerous Democrat voters, it seems equally unlikely that Michelle Obama will throw her hat into the ring.
While Mrs. Obama has certainly enjoyed continued popularity in Democrat Party circles since her husband left office, she has regularly dismissed suggestions that she seek office herself, saying emphatically back in 2019 that there was “zero chance” that she would embark on a run for the White House, adding, “It’s just not for me.”
With Biden’s ever-worsening cognitive decline and Harris’ dramatically sinking popularity, the Democrats are finding themselves in an increasingly uncomfortable predicament for 2024, and if, as Zogby predicts, the next election is a replay of 2020, Republicans have every reason for optimism.