Even Chuck Todd Thinks Shocking New NBC Poll Is 'Scary' for Biden and Dems

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We’ve seen a lot of polls that have shown how Joe Biden is cratering.

But I have to admit when I saw this new, NBC News poll, in particular the numbers about what party Americans thought would do better on virtually every issue, I went, “Wow,” and that doesn’t oversell it.


It’s numbers like this that the Democrats are probably seeing in their internal polling, and this is why they’re panicking in the race in Virginia and trying to throw all kinds of things up against the wall to help out Terry McAuliffe, whose campaign has been collapsing.

Even Chuck Todd, when he’s introducing the poll, refers to it as “scary” for the Democrats.

“Americans have lost their confidence” in Biden and “their optimism for the country,” Todd says. No kidding. It has to be earth shattering to see some of this, especially coming up on the election in Virginia and the midterms approaching next year.

The numbers for Biden was just terrible, with 42 percent approving of his job performance and more than half, 54 percent disapproving. That disapproving number. This, after being at 49 percent – 48 percent in August.

Seven in 10 adults, including almost half of the Democrats in the survey — 48 percent — believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.


Perhaps worst for Biden personally only 37 percent believed believe he’s able to handle a crisis, 47 percent think he’s not able. Only 37 percent think he’s competent, while 50 percent — the majority — think that he is not.

But, it was this picture that was for me the most shocking part of the survey, as I said. Because this is likely to tell the tale in the elections come 2022, if it holds.

Across virtually every dynamic or category, it was the Republicans that those surveyed thought would do a better job, by double digits. On the all important ranking of the economy, they’re up by 18 points and that’s one of the lower double digits. Some of the others — like on the border at 27 points — are real blow-outs.

They have double digits on inflation (24 points), crime (22 points), national security (21 points) and being effective and getting things done (13 points). Todd slips in a little bias describing the last part — “shockingly” — Republicans being ranked better at getting things done.


“Democrats face a country whose opinion of President Biden has turned sharply to the negative since April,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

“The promise of the Biden presidency — knowledge, competence and stability in tough times — have all been called into question,” Horwitt continued.

“What people voted for was stability and calm,” added fellow Democratic pollster Peter Hart. “And what they got was instability and chaos.”

Democrats are toast, if this holds. When even NBC has to report this and can’t really spin it, you know just how bad it truly is. Meanwhile, for the Democrats hoping that Biden will find his way out of the spiral, he just keep finding ways to go lower and reveal how bad he is for America.

How bad is it for Biden? NBC News editor/reporter Benjy Sarlin summarized it well, “Reaaaaaal bad.”


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