Poll: majority now believe that Joe Biden is kind of an idiot
Category: Op/EdVia: texan1211 • 3 weeks ago • 234 comments
By: Becket Adams
President Joe Biden's presidency is not going as smoothly as he probably hoped it would.
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Only 43% of respondents in a survey conducted between Sept. 13-19 believe the phrase "mentally sharp" describes Biden "well."
This represents an 11-point drop from March, when Pew found 54% of respondents said "mentally sharp" was a fitting descriptor for the president.
On top of the border crisis, cratering approval numbers, infighting among congressional Democrats, incompetent federal health officials bumbling their way through the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaotic, disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan, there's also a growing consensus the president is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, according to new Pew Research Center polling data.
A majority of respondents in Pew's most recent survey (56%) said "mentally sharp" either describes him "not at all well" or "not too well."
As if the steep decline in public opinion of the president's smarts was not embarrassing enough, it turns out Biden's mental acuity specifically is where Pew found the sharpest drop in all of his polled personal characteristics.
"Positive evaluations of several of Biden's personal traits and characteristics have shown similar decreases," Pew reports. "Compared with March, fewer adults say Biden cares about people like them, and fewer describe him as standing up for his beliefs, honest, a good role model and mentally sharp."
It adds, "Biden receives his least positive assessments for being mentally sharp. Currently, 43% say this describes Biden very or fairly well, an 11-point decline since March."
Put more simply, the longer the president is in office, the dumber people think he is. And it's likely not because of any single issue. The White House is the major leagues, as a former vice president, of all people, ought to know. His every move and action is now under scrutiny. He has to think on his feet and respond in real-time to real-life crises. The public can see now how Biden comports himself as the commander in chief. It's not just a theoretical game anymore. He can't just promise to do better than the last guy. He is actually expected to deliver, and to deliver competently and efficiently.
So far, the public apparently isn't impressed.