With just days to go until his inauguration, Joe Biden just got some terrible news.
A new poll from Just the News and pollster Scott Rasmussen indicates that just barely more than half of voters have confidence in the president-elect’s ability to handle some of the most pressing issues facing the nation.
Biden and the economy
According to Just the News, Biden’s weakest numbers came in on the issue of the economy, with just 51% of respondents saying “they were confident in Biden’s ability to manage economic affairs throughout the country.”
A full 44% said they don’t have faith in the incoming president’s leadership in that regard.
It’s a trend that seems to have carried over from the campaign season, when polls consistently showed voters were more likely to trust President Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent when it came to economic matters.
Fox News reported in October that a Gallup survey conducted the month prior had found some 56% of voters said they were better off financially than they had been four years prior. It was a result that reportedly fueled optimism for Trump’s campaign, as it came despite the massive economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.
In August, NBC News reported that a survey of its own with the Wall Street Journal had found “the economy is the main issue on people’s minds, and on that issue, Trump leads Biden by 10 points.”
More lackluster numbers
In Just the News’ latest polling, Biden didn’t just get lackluster numbers when it came to the economy, however.
Among respondents, only “52% expressed confidence in how he might manage race relations and climate change issues,” Just the News reported. “A slightly higher percentage of voters — 55% — was confident about Biden being up to the task of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” the outlet said.
Whatever voters think of him, Biden will be sworn in as president on Wednesday in an inauguration ceremony that will be slimmed down due to concerns about COVID-19. The National Park Service has closed the National Mall in anticipation of the event, citing “the real and substantial threat of violence and unlawful behavior” following a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol last week, and thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington to fend off any potential unrest, The Hill reports.
According to The Washington Post, the FBI has said it is also looking into any potential threats.
“Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity,” the bureau said in a statement. “As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners.”