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David Axelrod asks the million-dollar question after new poll paints grim reality for Biden's re-election hopes
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David Axelrod asks the million-dollar question after new poll paints grim reality for Biden's re-election hopes

The latest New York Times poll surveying battleground states was so bad for President Joe Biden that David Axelrod is openly questioning whether Biden should drop out of the race.

What does the poll show?

Biden, according to the New York Times, is trailing former President Donald Trump in "five of the six most important battleground states one year before the 2024 election."

Those states include Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Biden only holds a narrow two-point lead in Wisconsin, the poll found. The results are even more significant because Biden won all six of those states in 2020, which means he needs them to win re-election.

In sum: The poll discovered that a majority of voters believe Biden's policies have "personally hurt them," according to the Times, and found that "the multiracial and multigenerational coalition that elected Biden is fraying."

More from the Times:

Voters under 30 favor Mr. Biden by only a single percentage point, his lead among Hispanic voters is down to single digits and his advantage in urban areas is half of Mr. Trump’s edge in rural regions. And while women still favored Mr. Biden, men preferred Mr. Trump by twice as large a margin, reversing the gender advantage that had fueled so many Democratic gains in recent years.

Black voters — long a bulwark for Democrats and for Mr. Biden — are now registering 22 percent support in these states for Mr. Trump, a level unseen in presidential politics for a Republican in modern times.

What was the reaction?

Axelrod, a famed Democratic strategist who led Barack Obama's winning presidential campaigns, said the poll will send "legitimate concern" through the Democratic Party about whether Biden is the right candidate for 2024.

The million-dollar question for Biden, according to Axelrod, is whether running for re-election is wise and for whose interests it is best.

"The stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore," Axelrod reacted. "Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party.

"What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?" Axelrod asked.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, took her concerns a step farther, admitting she is concerned that the Democratic Party's control is in "great trouble."

"I think it is important to recognize that we have a very divided country, as you well know. You have said that polls really don't reflect where people are. I agree with you," Jayapal told MSNBC host Jen Psaki. "But I will tell you, this is the first time that I have felt like the 2024 election is in great trouble for the president and for our democratic control, which is essential to moving forward."

And on CNN, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) admitted, "I was concerned before these polls, and I'm concerned now."

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