It seems that every week, things get so much worse for President Joe Biden. His approval ratings have been in the tank for months and there are no signs indicating he can reverse the trend. Indeed, polling for Democrats overall spells impending doom for the party during next year’s midterm elections.
More than two-thirds of Americans (69%) disapprove of how Biden is handling inflation (only 28% approve) while more than half (57%) disapprove of his handling of the economic recovery. Partisan splits for inflation show expected negativity in Republican views (94% disapproving), but the survey also reveals weaknesses from Biden’s own party with only a slim majority of Democrats (54%) approving. Biden’s orbit is also hemorrhaging independent voters, with 71% disapproving of his handling of inflation.
The report also noted that “[t]hese low job assessments in areas of high public concern have led to a new low in Biden’s overall approval rating, measured by FiveThirtyEight at 43%.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, there is more bad news for Uncle Joe. So far, most of the polling that has been done on the president have focused on his performance. But a new Morning Consult poll analyzed attitudes about Biden’s personality traits and the results ain’t pretty, folks. According to the report:
Since a survey conducted April 30-May 3, Biden has seen double-digit declines in the shares of voters who said he is a clear communicator (53 percent to 37 percent), compassionate (61 percent to 47 percent), capable of leading the country (55 percent to 41 percent) and “cares about people like me” (53 percent to 39 percent).
Not too promising, is it?
But wait! There’s more!
The survey also found that 43 percent believe Biden is “too liberal.” To give some perspective, at this point in his presidency, only 26 percent of respondents believed former President Donald Trump was “too conservative.”
When it comes to competency, Biden doesn’t fare too well there either. “[T]he share of voters who describe the president as ‘mentally fit’ has fallen 7 percentage points since May — and 10 points since the height of the presidential campaign in October 2020 — to 46 percent.”
Apparently, America has finally started paying attention and has noticed that President Biden isn’t exactly “all there” mentally. Moreover, the public is increasingly recognizing that the president isn’t exactly all that they were promised.
Biden also experienced significant drops in the percentage of participants who believe he is “knowledgeable,” “trustworthy,” “compassionate,” and “energetic.”
What is also noteworthy is that among those who believe Biden “cares about people like me,” only 39 percent answered in the affirmative, which is a 14-point drop from what it was in May.
This is obviously horrific news for the president and the Democratic Party, especially considering the fact that members of the activist media have been working overtime to make him look palatable to the American public. The fact that even their influence has not been able to shield Biden from scrutiny is telling: The most powerful propaganda force in the country can’t hide the president’s many foibles.
If it is looking this bad for President Biden, how much worse will it be for the Democratic Party overall? We are about to enter what will be a fiercely-fought midterm election season. Left-leaning candidates seeking to win office or retain their seats will have much reason to start sweating. There is no way the president’s performance won’t be looming large in 2022 — and will almost certainly have an impact on the outcomes.
At least some Democratic candidates seem to recognize this.
Even Robert Francis O’Rourke, an Irishman pretending to be Hispanic, politely rejected the idea that he would welcome Biden’s support. As I wrote previously, the president has become an albatross around the Democratic Party’s neck, and it does not appear that any amount of distancing that O’Rourke and other Democrats will work.
To put it simply, it seems likely that Biden has fouled things up so badly that it could reflect on others in his party seeking to maintain power. Even worse, the Democrats don’t really have anything to run on to distract from Biden’s dismal performance. They haven’t managed to pass much in the way of major legislation. If the current trend holds, it appears they are headed for a beating of monumental proportions come next November.