The Democrat Party is in big trouble and NBC’s latest poll reveals it might be even worse than anticipated. The new poll reveals a majority of Americans do not trust President Biden or the Democrat Party to lead the country on a number of key issues.
A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance, while half give him low marks for competence and uniting the country, according to results from the latest national NBC News poll. What’s more, the survey finds that 7 in 10 adults, including almost half of Democrats, believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, as well as nearly 60 percent who view Biden’s stewardship of the economy negatively just nine months into his presidency…In the poll, 42 percent of adults say they approve of Biden’s overall job as president — a decline of 7 points since August, with much of the attrition coming from key parts of the Democratic base. That’s compared to 54 percent who say they disapprove of the president’s job, which is up 6 points since August. Using Gallup’s historical data, Biden’s approval rating in this poll (42 percent) is lower than any other modern first-year president’s at a similar point in time, with the key exception of Donald Trump (whose approval averaged 37 percent in fall 2017).
Biden was (+14) in this series in April. In August, he was still above water, albeit barely. Now he’s (-12). What about personal favorability? From NBC’s write-up: “Finally, Biden’s favorable/unfavorable rating in the poll (40 percent positive, 48 percent negative) is almost identical to Trump’s in the same survey.” That must sting. Biden’s personal likability has taken a nose dive. Let’s look at some specific issues:
The poll finds 40 percent of Americans approving the president’s handling of the economy (down 7 points since August), and 51 percent approving of his handling of the coronavirus (down 2 points). Maybe even more troubling for Biden, just 37 percent of adults give him high marks — on a 5-point scale — for being competent and effective as president, and only 28 percent give him high marks for uniting the country. By contrast, 50 percent give him low scores for being competent, and 51 percent give him low scores for uniting the country.
He’s upside-down by 17 points on the economy. He’s underwater by 13 points and 22 points, respectively, on leadership competence and fostering national unity. These quotes really say it all. The raison d’etre of a Biden presidency, and the core reasons behind his 2020 victory, lie in tatters at the moment, just nine months into his term:
The poll’s results are especially telling for upcoming midterm elections as Republicans work to win back majorities in the House and Senate.