Majority of Democrats say Biden should exit race in new poll

A majority of Democrats are calling for President Joe Biden to drop out of the race before the November election. 

In a poll published Thursday by ABC News and the Washington Post, approximately 67% of respondents believe Biden should exit the race, with 85% saying the commander-in-chief is too old to serve another term in the White House. 

Poll findings

All U.S. adults: 

  • 67% say Biden should step aside; 30% say he should run

Democrats only:

  • 56% say Biden should step aside; 42% say he should run

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris gained support from respondents in the poll to supplant Biden as the Democratic nominee with 49% supporting Harris compared to 46% backing Donald Trump. 

Another 60% polled said Trump is too old to serve a second term as president, an increase from 44% in the spring of 2023. 

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FILE-President Joe Biden speaks at a post-debate campaign rally on June 28, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Democrats call on Biden to back out

This latest poll comes as Biden is facing pressure from some Democrats and his top donors to drop out of the race, with the latest being Democratic senator Peter Welch of Vermont. 

RELATED: List of top Democrats who have called on Biden to exit race

Actor George Clooney, one of Biden's top donors, published a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday stating that he had no confidence in Biden’s ability to serve a second term. 

Biden’s shaky debate performance against Trump on June 27 has apparently divided the Democratic Party on its view of the future. But despite his struggles in the first debate, the president says he is ready to fight for a second term in office.

This story was reported from Washington, D.C.