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End of the week look at how President Biden is faring with the public

by | Aug 18, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Joe Biden
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As we end the week—as we usual do—the final brief post is a look at how pro-abortion President Joe Biden is faring with the American public. (Sneak preview: pretty much the same but with some additional ominous signs.)

Basic job approval numbers run the gamut from a low of 38% to a high of 46% although this latter figure from Rasmussen Reports is 4 points higher than anyone else’s. The most recent, AP/NORC poll, has job approval at 42%. 

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey quips

Forty-two? How did Biden get to 42% approval rating?, you may be asking yourself. The answer is, in part, that it’s relatively easy to do that in a poll where the sample consists of 44% Democrats and 36% Republicans, including leaners.

If, as James Carville said in 1992, “It’s the economy, stupid,” how is the president doing in this critical measure of voter satisfaction? A dismal 36% approval, according to Josh Boak and Emily Swanson.

One other interesting question in the AP/NORC poll survey which I hadn’t seen put this way exactly before:

The poll shows that 23% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in Biden’s ability to effectively manage the White House, 31% have some confidence and 45% have hardly any. Despite the fact that Biden has achieved several of his major policy goals, just 16% say they have high confidence in his ability to do that, while 38% say they have some confidence and 44% hardly any.

No secret, Democrats are counting on the numbers for former President Trump to remain low.

But the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberle A. Strassel argues this is a mighty thin reed to lean on:

Look at Mr. Biden in isolation. Democrats are by every measure putting forward their weakest presidential nominee in decades, one who makes even the hapless Jimmy Carter of 1980 look competent. ….

But he is more than four score years old, and it’s increasingly difficult to tiptoe around the president’s disturbing decline. The long vacations, the early nights, the confusion, the mumbling, the bizarre statements. A June poll found that 71% of likely voters, including nearly half of Democrats, think Mr. Biden is too old to be president. The pace at which he’s getting worse has also been striking, raising the question of a Nominee Biden’s performance a year from now. God save the queen, man.

Have a great weekend.

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