President Joe Biden has experienced embarrassingly low polling numbers across most issues that he has faced — or failed to face — during his first year in the White House.
Until recently, Biden’s polling on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has remained somewhat high, relatively speaking. But according to the Washington Examiner, that number, too, is headed in a downward trajectory.
It’s an especially bad look for both Biden and his administration, as they used the COVID-19 pandemic as a cornerstone campaign issue in 2020, promising on several occasions to do a better job than former President Donald Trump, with the hopes of eventually eradicating the pandemic completely.
Unfortunately for America, enough voters bought the sales pitch, and the regrets are now clearly showing in the polls.
Bad numbers roll in
According to the latest Monmouth University poll, less than half — 46% — of Americans believe that Biden is doing a “good job” in his handling and approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That number marks a significant drop, as the prior iteration of the poll had the president at a relatively digestible 53% approval.
But here’s where the numbers get especially bad for Biden: The data suggests that where Biden is suffering the most in the low polling over the pandemic happens to be in several states that he won in 2020, suggesting that his base truly is having an extreme case of buyer’s remorse.
In the states that Biden won, an astonishing 60% approved of his pandemic handling, but that number, in the same states, now sits at a humiliating 47%, which spells real trouble not just for Biden, but for Democratic candidates who will spend considerable time and money attempting to secure seats in those states next year.
COVID failure to blame
Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, opined on what he believes is happening in the states that went blue for Biden in 2020.
“We just came out of an off-year election in Virginia and New Jersey where blue states did not look so blue,” Murray said.
He added: “The failure to get Covid under control may be playing a role there, especially for independent voters, in a growing sense of frustration with the party in power.”
Murray isn’t wrong, as millions of voters believed Biden’s promises to do a better job at containing COVID-19 than his predecessor, and not only has he failed, he continues to fail in epic fashion, as COVID-19 case counts are once again through the roof.