'Battered on trust, doubted on leadership': A 'brutal' poll for Biden shows no easy fix

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  2 weeks ago  •  7 comments

By:   Joe Concha, Opinion Contributor (MSN)

'Battered on trust, doubted on leadership': A 'brutal' poll for Biden shows no easy fix
If these polls and others like them are any indication, Team Biden needs to make some serious changes, and quickly.

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"These new poll numbers are frankly brutal for the president," CNN anchor Jake Tapper reported on Wednesday after a new Quinnipiac University poll showed that President Biden is at his lowest approval number yet - 38 percent.

But the 38 percent approval is perhaps the best news in the poll when looking at how Americans see the president's performance on individual issues. "Brutal" is almost a generous way to describe it.

Just nine months into his presidency, Biden is at 32 percent approval with independents, the people who decide elections in battleground states such as Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada. On his handling of the economy, which was in the midst of a V-shaped recovery when Biden took office, he's 16 points under water (39 percent approve, 55 percent disapprove). On taxes, the president is 17 points under water.

On the southern border, where the U.S. is on pace to eclipse 2.3 million people crossing illegally this year, he's at 23 percent approval. That's less than one in four Americans approving. By the way, 2.3 million people is equivalent to the population of the nation's fourth-largest city, Houston.

On Biden's job as commander in chief of the U.S. military, 37 percent approve while 58 percent disapprove.

But here's why these polling numbers aren't just part of the usual peaks and valleys that every president endures: On the question of whether the administration - not just Biden - is competently running the government, just 42 percent say it is doing so.

That's an extremely difficult impression to undo.

The poll analysts at FiveThirtyEight argued back in August that the president would likely rebound, citing the news cycle moving on from the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal as the primary cause. But, as I argued at the time, Biden's sinking polls were about much more than just Afghanistan:


"Biden's epic collapse as much about these issues as Afghanistan" (@TheHillOpinion) https://t.co/Ix3x9YGzrLpic.twitter.com/EpB0nISB5M
- The Hill (@thehill) August 27, 2021

"We're now more than a month removed from Biden's difficult August, and there have been no signs of a rebound in his approval rating," FiveThirtyEight now reports.


Afghanistan has faded from the news.

The COVID-19 picture is improving.

And Biden's approval rating ... has NOT rebounded.https://t.co/z1UL4TNQUh
- FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) October 6, 2021

"There may be no easy fix for Biden," it adds. "Even an improvement in the COVID-19 situation may not improve his political fortunes: According to data compiled by The New York Times, the rolling average of newly detected COVID-19 cases nationally has decreased since mid-September, but Biden's average approval rating on the issue of the coronavirus has remained steady."

That approval is also under water in the new Q-poll, with 48 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving. On Tuesday alone, the death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. was 2,990. Minority groups are bearing the brunt of that death toll.

"Biden has a lower approval rating at this point in his term than all but two presidents since 1945, so if he's going to regain his popularity, he's got an unusually big hole to dig himself out of," FiveThirtyEight concludes.

And that's where it's hard to see how Biden, who turns 79 years old next month, turns this around by making his arguments on how to fix X, Y and Z and beyond. His handlers apparently remain petrified to allow him to speak beyond reading off a teleprompter. A recent embarrassing display during an Oval Office meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson underscores this: Johnson took questions from the British press as the two men sat next to each other. But when it was the American media's turn to ask questions of the U.S. president, Biden's handlers shouted reporters out of the room.


Members of the White House press corps filed a formal complaint after a meeting between President Biden and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended with questions only from the British press. The White House appeared to point the finger at Johnson. https://t.co/SFmeNSNLbi
- The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 23, 2021


A chaotic scene in the Oval Office today as Boris Johnson unexpectedly took questions from British reporters, and White House aides shouted over American reporters as we tried to ask Biden questions https://t.co/2wus2ilX0F
- Andrew Restuccia (@AndrewRestuccia) September 21, 2021

"Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration," Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy candidly observed in a statement after the poll was released.

And that's the thing: Biden was seen as far more trustworthy than his predecessor. Sure, he made his share of gaffes. But that was part of his authenticity, his charm, his ability to connect with people, according to the argument made by more than a few political pundits in selling the Biden brand.

Just 44 percent of Americans now believe Biden is honest, down 7 points in the same poll in April.

Add it all up, and we have a flailing economy, rising inflation, rising crime, essentially an open border and a mess in Afghanistan. While all of this is happening, the president and vice president are shielded from the public outside of tightly scripted events. Democrats also are in the midst of a civil war and, despite controlling the House and Senate, can't get a massive spending bill across the goal line.

Things are looking brutal indeed for this administration.

If these polls and others like them are any indication, Team Biden needs to make some serious changes, and quickly - because whatever plan it had to script this presidency clearly isn't working.

Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.

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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    2 weeks ago
Add it all up, and we have a flailing economy, rising inflation, rising crime, essentially an open border and a mess in Afghanistan. While all of this is happening, the president and vice president are shielded from the public outside of tightly scripted events. Democrats also are in the midst of a civil war and, despite controlling the House and Senate, can't get a massive spending bill across the goal line.

One tends to get what they voted for.

On the southern border, where the U.S. is on pace to eclipse 2.3 million people crossing illegally this year, he's at 23 percent approval. That's less than one in four Americans approving. By the way, 2.3 million people is equivalent to the population of the nation's fourth-largest city, Houston.

Great job, Ms. Harris. Joe Biden certainly can pick 'em, can't he?

 
 
 
Sunshine
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2  Sunshine    2 weeks ago

Oh my, the rats will start jumping ship real soon.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Sunshine @2    2 weeks ago
Oh my, the rats will start jumping ship real soon.

Some rats aren't smart enough and go down with the ship.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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3  XXJefferson51    2 weeks ago

The only way he can right his ship is to walk away from the progressives and return to what he actually ran on.  Jettisoning the 3.5 trillion reconciliation, going all in on passing infrastructure and resolving the debt ceiling and then govern by only policies that can get 60 senate votes from moderates of both parties.  I do not think that he will do this until after November of next year.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  XXJefferson51 @3    2 weeks ago
I do not think that he will do this until after November of next year.  

I don't think the powers that be will allow him to do that.

Can't be seen as giving in to the GOP or other sane individuals.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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3.1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1    2 weeks ago

 Clinton got off to a start like this and then governed reasonably after his first midterm.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

I'm beginning to wonder if these consistent vicious criticisms of Biden might cause a backlash that will turn out to be a big benefit for him and the Democrats.  Lots of criticism was aimed at Trump when he was POTUS, and look what it succeeded in doing, e.g. the attack on the Capital, the anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers, 74 million votes.....

 
 
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