While President Joe Biden has long counted on members of the mainstream media to support his administration, a new report suggests that even this façade is beginning to crumble.
In what could well be Biden’s worst nightmare, a CNN contributor acknowledged this week that his presidency “has become a punchline.”
Biden’s poll numbers are abysmal
That’s the conclusion reached by reporter Stephen Collinson in a piece published on Monday, arguing that the political landscape “is terrible for Democrats” and could easily get worse.
Collinson zeroed in on this White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner which was held this past weekend, noting that Biden had “good sport in poking fun at himself.”
“But his jokes were rooted in the painful reality of a presidency hostage to economic and global forces beyond his control and compounded by some of the tactical errors of his White House,” the reporter pointed out.
“The result is that a year after his approval rating was comfortably over 50%, the President and his party are facing the most treacherous political backdrop in years in the run-up to midterm elections in November,” Collinson continued.
Opinion data seems to back up Collinson’s claims: according to FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s aggregate approval rating is currently holding at 42 percent.
However, some individual polls say the president’s support is far weaker, with a survey conducted between April 19 and April 27 by Susquehanna Polling & Research finding that Biden’s approval level stands at just 39%.
Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight’s congressional polling aggregate shows that Republicans have a 2.4% advantage heading up to this year’s midterm elections.
Attacks on Trump no longer resonate
According to Collinson, those bad numbers are likely due to a spike in gas prices, inflation, along with “a surprise decline in gross domestic product of 1.4% in the first quarter.”
He added that the president “has privately complained the media has not focused on the comparison between his presidency and the lawlessness and scandals that defined Trump’s term.” Yet Collinson acknowledged how anti-Trump rhetoric may have reached its sell-by date.
He wrote that “as Republican Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory in Virginia showed last November, Democrats can no longer count on a fierce anti-Trump campaign working when the ex-President is not on the ballot.”