The rematch the majority doesn’t want

None of the above.
That’s the box a lot of Americans will wish they could check when they go to the poll this November to vote (or not vote) for the next President of the United States. An  AP-NORC poll found more than 70 percent of Americans want neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden on the ballot in 2024, but here we are with exactly that. In a country of 330 million people and rising these are the two candidates we get.  And the crowd goes...mild.
Once Nikki Haley dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday, what was probably a foregone conclusion became official, as Trump will be the Republican nominee and will face off against current President Joe Biden. Yes, that’s President Joe Biden, who voters tell those who run the polls—and pretty much anybody who will listen for that matter—that Biden is too old. Then there is Trump, he of 91 felony charges, a variety of other scandals and steadfast belief the last election was stolen from him. Oh boy. This is sure to be an election where many people vote for someone just because they don’t want the other guy to win, not because they are enthusiastic about the candidate.
Joe Biden, if elected, would be 86 at the end of a potential second term, and his approval rating has hovered below 40 percent for much of the past year. He’s not a popular president. To many, he has botched a lot of things in terms of foreign diplomacy, has his own share of scandals and has to deal with his son’s issues. Yes, there are economic indicators that suggest the economy is doing well and there is no recession looming, but with the inflation still high many people aren’t seeing the benefits.
As for Trump, while his base is chomping at the bit to vote for him, some Republicans, most Independents and all Democrats want nothing to do with him for more reasons than we can list here. To say they just want hiim to go away would be an understatement.
American politics is extremely divided (I won’t say more than ever because we did have a Civil War) and this matchup won’t fix that. A June poll from CNN found 31 percent of voters preferred neither Trump nor Biden in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up. Many people will be leaving their ballots blank when it comes to the matchup.
One of these two will be the next president. Their supporters will tell you why one is so much better than the other, and can make an argument as to why. We don’t doubt that. The reality is, however, many people don’t want either. Buckle up.

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