Vice President Kamala Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama are the top two picks for the Democratic presidential nomination if President Biden decides not to seek re-election in 2024, according to a survey.
Harris leads all potential candidates with 13 percent of support from voters, while Obama came in a close second with 10 percent, according to the Hill-HarrisX poll.
Other likely candidates included Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
They all received 5 percent or less in support from registered voters.
Still, 36 percent said they were “unsure” who they would vote for and 13 percent said they would go with somebody who was not on the list.
The White House has said that Biden intends to mount a re-election campaign, which could set up a possible rematch with former President Donald Trump, who hasn’t formally announced a 2024 bid.
But Biden would be 82 when he is sworn in for a second term, and his job approval ratings have been plummeting since August, because of the dual effects of inflation and the supply chain crisis that have caused prices to soar and made some goods hard to find.
And there’s always the lingering questions about whether Biden, who is the oldest person to serve as president, is healthy enough to serve a second term.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released earlier this month showed that 50 percent of registered voters disagreed with the statement, “Joe Biden is in good health,” while only 40 percent agreed and 10 percent did not know or had no opinion.
The Hill-HarrisX poll surveyed 939 registered voters between Nov. 18-19.
It has a plus/minus 3.2 percentage points margin of error.