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California voters are done with Joe Biden, poll shows

California voters do not want President Joe Biden to run for a second term, according to a new poll released Friday.

The Berkeley Institute of Government Studies poll, which surveyed 9,254 registered voters across California over the past week, found that 61% said Joe Biden should not run, compared to 31% who think that He should.

Broken down by political affiliation, the figures are even more striking. Almost all (87%) of Republican voters in the state do not want Biden to run again, compared to 9% who do. California Democrats, on the other hand, are evenly split: 46% said they think Biden should run again, while 46% think he shouldn’t.

The fact that most Republicans don’t want Biden running again makes sense, but the fact that nearly half of Democratic voters in California — a liberal stronghold worth more electoral votes than any other state — is significant. The new poll’s results are consistent with other polls released this summer, which show that many Democrats across the country do not want Biden to run for a second term.

When asked who they would rather see run instead, California Democrats could not offer a consensus choice.

The poll listed 16 Democrats who could theoretically run in 2024 if Biden were to step down (he’s repeatedly said he won’t) and none of them received overwhelming support from voters in the US. ‘State. California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders topped the list, each receiving 13%, while Vice President Kamala Harris – from California – came in second with 10%. None of the other options listed received more than 7% support from voters, and 19% said they were undecided.

“While many California Democrats aren’t convinced Biden should run again, the lack of a clear Democratic alternative may give the president more room to avoid a serious primary challenge if he decides to seek re-election. “, IGS co-director Eric Schickler said of the results.

However, when California Democrats were also asked about their second-choice picks, the results were a little clearer. A quarter of those polled said Newsom was either their first or second choice to replace Biden. Sanders and Harris received 18% each when second-choice voters were also counted, and US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came in fourth with 13%.

Statewide, 71% of California voters oppose another presidential bid for Donald Trump – 64% said they were strongly opposed – while just 25% are in favour. Split by party, two-thirds of Republicans say Trump should run again while only 7% of Democrats think he should.