On the eve of his first State of the Union address, Joe Biden is probably deleting any references to polling data, because it isn’t very good, and may be even worse by the time he delivers his speech.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll says Biden is experiencing a “career-low 37%” job performance approval rating, with 55 percent disapproving.
Swing over to Rasmussen, where the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll puts Biden’s numbers in the same general shape, with 40 percent of likely votes approving, while 59 percent disapprove. However, that breaks down to only 21 percent who “strongly approve” of his performance and 48 percent who “strongly disapprove.” The poll numbers have been like that for months, with strong disapproval above the strong approval by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
According to ABC News, “only two presidents have had approval ratings this low heading into their first State of the Union address,” based on an analysis of data “going back to Harry Truman’s administration. Those two were Donald Trump (36%) and Gerald Ford (37%), the news agency reported.
Here’s the real issue: ABC says “Biden’s fortunes in turn spell trouble for his party in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. Republican congressional candidates have a 49-42% advantage over Democrats among registered voters, widening to 54-41% among those who say they both are registered and certain to vote in November.”
ABC News also says their poll found only 17 percent “better off financially than when Biden took office.” Meanwhile, 35 percent—double the number—said they are worse off.
And Rasmussen is reporting that only 31 percent of likely voters give Biden an “excellent” or “good” rating for his handling of the Ukraine crisis, while 49 percent—a plurality—give him a poor rating.
What can he brag about? High gasoline prices that will likely go even higher? Inflation that has shot skyward, to include costlier groceries, higher property taxes and property rents?
All of this happened on his watch, and he will not be able to blame it on Donald Trump.
Maybe this is why a Rasmussen survey released in advance of the weekend Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida showed nearly half (47%) of Republicans would vote for Trump in 2024, with other potential candidates trailing by double digits. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the second choice at 20 percent.
As reported by CNN, Trump “easily won” the annual CPAC straw poll Sunday at 59 percent, with DeSantis coming in second at 28 percent.
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