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Buttigieg backs Biden 2024 run but poll says most Americans dont

Buttigieg backs Biden 2024 run but poll says most Americans dont


Buttigieg backs Biden 2024 run but poll says most Americans dont

Nearly 60% of Democrats and nearly 50% of Republicans want someone other than Joe Biden or Donald Trump to be their party's nominee for president in 2024, a new poll showed on Sunday.

A key member of Biden's cabinet, however, insisted Biden's record in office was more important than any "generational argument" for change.

Among Americans overall, the poll by the Washington Post and ABC News, released two days before Biden's State of the Union address, showed that 62% would be "dissatisfied" or "angry" if Biden were re-elected in two years' time, while 56% said the same about Trump returning to the role he lost in 2020.

A little more than a third of all respondents (36%) said they would be "enthusiastic" or "satisfied but not enthusiastic" if Biden were re-elected. For Trump, that total was 43%.

Biden's secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on CNN's State of the Union.

Asked if he thought arguments for generational change, such as he advanced in his own presidential run two years ago, might be gaining strength, the 41-year-old said: "Generational arguments can be powerful [but] the most powerful argument of all is results.

"I would say you can't argue with a straight face that it isn't a good thing that we have had 12 million jobs created under this president. And, by the way, a lot of the jobs are in manufacturing.

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