Buttigieg has edge over Biden in 2024 presidential contest: New Hampshire poll

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Just one-fifth of New Hampshire voters want President Joe Biden to seek another term in 2024, and his support within his own party has fallen sharply since last summer, according to a new poll. But likely Democratic primary voters in the key first-in-the-nation contest appear to show early signs of favoring an alternative to Biden: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The new Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, found that only 31% of Democrats want Biden to run again, down from 54% in June and 74% in July 2021.

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“President Biden is increasingly seen as an electoral liability for Democrats, both in the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election,” UNH Survey Center Director Andrew Smith said in a statement.

The poll found Biden’s net favorability is at an all-time low and that voters appear increasingly concerned about his age. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they are very or somewhat concerned about Biden’s age, including 88% of Republicans, 75% of Democrats, and 65% of independents.

Biden, 79, holds the record for the country’s oldest chief executive, a record previously set by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, now 76.

In a hypothetical 2024 Democratic primary field, the poll found Biden statistically tied with Buttigieg among New Hampshire Democrats at 16% and 17%, respectively. Vice President Kamala Harris was the first choice of just 6% of respondents, trailing both Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

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Although it is still nearly two years away, New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary is an important contest because an early victory in the Granite State can give campaigns momentum for further presidential primary contests.

Biden has indicated he intends to run for reelection for a second term.