A new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans don’t want President Joe Biden to run for a second term in 2024, and that less than half of Democrats want their party leader to run again, only a year into his term.
Only 28% of Americans overall wanted Biden to mount another bid for the White House, and his approval rating also continued to drop in the latest survey.
Around 43% of respondents approved of Biden, the poll found, while 56% disapproved, according to the AP. Other polls have put Biden’s approval down in the 30s.
As recently as July, Biden enjoyed approval ratings well north of 50% in most polls, the AP said, but his bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan in August appeared to start a cascade downward in approval.
Why he’s freefalling
The downward trend was exacerbated by supply chain problems that became apparent in September, and by several months of record-high inflation numbers that saw people’s real incomes declining by the end of 2021 despite reported average wage increases.
Most already disapproved of Biden’s handling of the southern border, where an estimated two million migrants crossed in 2021, and he had to be ordered by the Supreme Court to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Even the coronavirus has become a problem for Biden, with the omicron variant causing huge spikes in new cases despite increasing vaccination rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out increasingly confusing guidance that has made the administration look like they don’t know what to do about the pandemic.
Biden also botched testing amid the omicron spike, leading to shortages at a time when there were more cases than ever before.
Is Biden mentally capable?
President Biden’s cognitive state has also been an area of concern. In the new poll, very nearly half of the respondents said they don’t think Biden has the cognitive ability to handle being president. Only a quarter were “very confident” that he did, according to a report from The Daily Wire.
Biden’s latest press conference is a perfect example of their concerns. Biden stumbled repeatedly over his words and grew defensive when he was asked about the negative conditions impacting the country and his responsibility for them.
It probably isn’t helping Biden that he’s trying to spin his failures and paint a glowing picture of his “accomplishments.” According to The Daily Wire, his inaugural committee hired actor Tom Hanks to give a glowing report of his first year in a video, but social media compared it mockingly to a Hanks spoof in The Simpsons Movie where the actor says that “the U.S. government has lost its credibility, so it’s borrowing some of mine.”
Democrats have got to stop thinking the American people are stupid; they aren’t — and poll numbers show they can see right through Biden’s spin. He’s not fooling anyone but maybe himself.