( – The political landscape keeps evolving ahead of the upcoming presidential election, as a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a large portion of Democrats believe Joe Biden should withdraw from the 2024 presidential race.

The poll indicates that 56% of Democrats think the 81-year-old candidate should end his run, while 42% want him to stay in the race.

Among the general U.S. adult population, 67% believe Biden should step aside and only 30% feel he should continue as the Democratic nominee.

This sentiment has been fueled by Biden’s widely criticized debate performance against former President Donald Trump on June 27.

Despite numerous calls from within his party to step down, Biden remains committed to his campaign against Trump.

Contrasting with many other recent polls that show Trump leading, the poll finds Biden and Trump dеadlocked at 46% among registered voters.

When third-party candidates are factored in, Trump slightly edges out Biden 43% to 42%, with independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. receiving 9%, and Cornel West and Jill Stein each garnering 2%.

The poll, which was conductеd online in early July by Langer Research Associates and Ipsos, also revealed a disapproval rating of 57% for Biden, with only 36% approving of his performance.

Notably, Trump is pеrceived as more mentally and physically fit for the presidency, leading Biden by 30 points in perceived mental sharpness and similarly in physical health.

The debate’s impact is also significant, with two-thirds of Americans believing Trump won.

Furthermore, the debate seems to have damaged Biden’s reputation more than Trump’s, with half of Americans viеwing Biden less favorably after the debate compared to 22% for Trump.

Meanwhile, 27% now see Trump more favorably, compared to only 7% for Biden.

The poll also touches on concerns about age, with 85% viewing Biden as too old and 60% saying the same about Trump. These figures have increased since April.

Regarding potential replacements for Biden, 29% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents prеfer Kamala Harris.

She is followed by California Governor Gavin Newsom with 7%, Michelle Obama at 4% and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer each at 3%.

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