Donald Trump is continuing to overtake Joe Biden in the mainstream media's own biased polls less than a year out from Election Day.
The latest sobering news for Democrats comes from NBC - which found Trump beating Biden for the first time in the poll's history.
Trump's advantage falls within the poll's 5-point margin of error, but the result is "still significant," Meet The Press host Kristen Welker conceded.
Trump is beating Biden by about 2% and closing the gap with young voters, an important part of Biden's electoral coalition.
Prior to the 2020 election, Biden led Trump in the polls by large margins, but that gap has vanished, NBC correspondent Steve Kornacki pointed out.
"In 2019, 2020, when Trump was president, he trailed [Biden in] all of [NBC’s polls],” Kornacki said. "This is the first time in more than a dozen polls we’ve seen a result like this.”
While Biden ran as "not Trump" in 2020, Biden no longer has this luxury as he looks to defend an established record of monumental failure.
Americans are struggling with painful inflation and Biden's age - he turned 81 Monday - has also become a concern for many.
The NBC poll found Trump closing a "likeability" gap with Biden, who is down to 36%, tied with Trump. As recently as January, Biden had a 7% advantage.
Surprisingly, Trump even beats Biden with voters aged 18 to 34, a demographic that typically leans left. Young Americans are facing steep challenges with purchasing homes, as interest rates skyrocket.
Trump is leading with 18-to-34 voters at 46%, versus 42% for Biden, NBC found.
Trump's youth advantage is backed up in other polls, including a New York Times poll that showed Trump defeating Biden soundly in battleground states that Biden narrowly carried three years ago like Michigan and Georgia.
The NBC poll was taken from Nov. 10 through Nov. 14, among 1,000 registered voters, with a margin of error of 5.5 to 5.6 %.
Trump is dominating the Republican presidential primary, making a rematch with Biden likely in the eyes of many.
The recent glut of bad news for Biden has led to audible panic among Democrats, who have questioned whether Biden should or can be replaced.
At a recent elite meetup in Aspen, Democratic donors were dismayed when told there is no "plan B" if Biden falters.