Conservatives have long complained that members of the mainstream media cover for President Joe Biden’s shortcomings. However, a new poll suggests that those efforts may no longer be working.
Conducted between July 6 and July 21, the survey found that support for Biden has dropped 6% overall since June. It’s currently sitting at just 50% — Biden’s lowest score since he took office.
The honeymoon is over
The president has seen a modest drop in support among members of his own party, with 90% of Democrats approving of his performance in the latest survey. That’s down from 95% last month and 98% in January.
Far more worrying for Biden has been the downward trend in his support among independent voters. Whereas 61% of independents backed him at the beginning of the year, that number is now down to 48%.
In contrast, Biden’s approval rating among Republicans has been consistently low, coming in at 11% in January and rising to just 12% in July. Those fluctuations are well within the poll’s 4% margin of error.
“Biden’s approval rating is showing the first signs of meaningful decline,” Gallup’s report on survey claimed. “If the lower ratings persist, it could indicate his ‘honeymoon’ period is over.”
The polling company speculated that these results could be due in part to economic concerns as “consumers are paying higher prices for gas and other goods.”
“Think of the people”
Unmentioned by the pollster is the possibility that voters are taking note of the mounting evidence, at least in the eyes of some, that their president is experiencing a noted cognitive decline. Biden regularly made bizarre and nonsensical statements while on the campaign trail, a habit that has not subsided since he entered the White House.
During a town hall event hosted by CNN personality Don Lemon last week, the president at times sounded incoherent as he attempted to answer questions.
Asked how he would address hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine among members of the African American community, Biden gave a stumbling answer.
“Think of the people, if your kid wanted to find out whether or not there were — there’s a man on the moon or whatever, you know, something, or, you know, whether those aliens are here or not, you know, who are the people they talk to beyond the kids who love talking about it?” he replied, according to a transcript compiled by the Cincinnati Examiner.