Next year’s White House race has been christened the ‘election of dread,’ as both Democrats and Republicans say they’re unenthused about the likely-rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Both men went head to head in the presidential election four years ago with Biden coming out victorious and they are running for office again.
But voters from both parties have grown tired at the idea of another face-off between the elderly candidates, with Biden America’s oldest ever president at 80 – and Trump not far behind at 77.
Many Americans – both conservative and liberal – say they want new politicians at the forefront of the race, as polls show that most Democrats do not Biden to run again.
New polls show Trump hammering Ron DeSantis in the race for the nomination, and Biden in a presidential race. But many Republicans say two indictments the president faces – one of them federal – and his antagonistic style of governing leaves them cold.
The 2024 White House race has been dubbed the ‘election of dread’ as both Democrats and Republicans say they are unimpressed by the prospect of a likely rematch between Joe Biden, 80, and Donald Trump, 77
Voters want new politicians at the forefront of the race and polls show that most Democrats do not want Biden to run again
A recent survey found that former president Trump leads Biden by six points if the two leading candidates ending up facing each other again
Biden’s margin of victory in the last election was less than 77,000 votes across four states and it will shape up to be another close contest.
A recent poll found that former president Trump leads Biden by six points if the two leading candidates ending up facing each other again.
The survey found that 45 percent of voters would choose Trump out of the pair if the presidential elections were held today, while 39 percent said they would pick Biden.
But another 16 percent said they were unsure or did not know who they would choose in the poll from Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll which was shared with The Hill.
The potential rematch between Biden and Trump might come down to who is the least unpopular.
Patrick Grey, a Democrat in Bay City, Michigan, is bored of Biden as he already knows everything he needs to know about him.
‘We know based on past performance what you’re going to bring to the table. There is nothing more to learn,’ he told the Wall Street Journal.
‘I’m tired of it already.’
John Newman, 41, a political independent from Chicago, wants to support a moderate Republican to support and is put off by Trump. He is not looking forward to a face off between Biden and Trump.
‘I wish I had a fast-forward button,’ he said.
‘We have a lot of work to do in education and homelessness, healthcare, and those issues keep dropping down the list of priorities.
Newman, an instructional coach in public schools, said he was used to seeing elected officials convicted of crimes as four of his state’s last 11 governors have gone to prison.
But he said Trump’s recent indictment is a sign of divisions which have hurt America.
Miguel Lainez, from Columbus, Georgia, voted for Trump in 2020 and believes prosecutors acted unfairly in charging him and claimed perceived crimes by Democrats go unpunished.
However he thinks the Republican party should pick someone to run who is not as divisive.
‘We’re letting our anger and hatred for this man consume us,’ he said.
‘If we can get someone new and meet halfway as Americans, [we can] work on things that make us better as a country.’
Patrick Vigil, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and describes himself as a MAGA Republican, said: ‘I think it’s actually helping him.’
John Newman, 41, a political independent from Chicago, wants to support a moderate Republican to support and is put off by Trump
Patrick Grey, a Democrat in Bay City, Michigan, is bored of Biden as he already knows everything he needs to know about him
Matt Wells, 42, lives in eastern Iowa and volunteers for the campaign of Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He said the country’s division is healthy as it draws a distinct line
He said the charges against Trump have gotten people to rally behind him and help raise money for his campaign.
Ron DeSantis was touted as the new GOP golden boy after an impressive run as Florida’s governor, but has performed poorly on the White House campaign trail, with his poll numbers reflecting that.
Voters were asked in 2010 whether the country was too divided for the government to solve major issues.
Around 45 percent of people said yes while 55 percent said the country could solve its differences.
NBC News posed the same question last year and an incredible 70 percent said polarization stopped the US from solving problems and only 27 percent said unity was possible.
Matt Wells, 42, lives in eastern Iowa and volunteers for the presidential campaign of Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
He said: ‘The polarization is healthy, because it draws a distinct line.’
But Jodi Johnson, 62, who voted for Biden in 2020, wants to see a more civilized political climate.
The retired programmer who lives in San Francisco said: ‘So much anger, so much divisiveness has gone on.
The potential rematch between Biden and Trump might come down to who is the least unpopular
Even though Trump is the dominant force within the Republican party, there are many questioning whether his court battle, over 37 federal charges, could prove a distraction
‘Nothing’s going to be smoothed over. It just has to settle down.’
There is concern that the lack of appetite for the candidates in the 2024 race could be seen in the polls with a low turnout.
Democrat Barbara Curry, 83, who lives outside of Atlanta, said she will begrudgingly vote for Biden because she has seen no benefits from his time as president.
She said: ‘I don’t see any difference that he has made.’
While Sabine Droste, another Democrat from Madison, Wisconsin, added: ‘I think it would have been rather fun to watch the Republican field brutalize each other in the papers and debates.
‘But I’m just afraid that the Trump situation is going to deprive the other candidates of their moment. This puts him at the center of attention.’