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Survey show Biden job approval down to 33%

by | Jan 16, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

We’ll talk about the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses in a separate post. (Spoiler alert: Trump won handily.) This is about another dreadful poll for pro-abortion President Joe Biden which came out Monday morning.

The headline for National Review’s Rich Lowry’s post is “Another Dismal Poll for Biden” while Gary Sanger analysis is “Trump tops his opponents while Biden hits a new low in approval ahead of Iowa caucus.” Langer’s company produced the survey for ABC News.

Lowry writes

Among all adults, Biden’s approval rating is just 33% in this poll, worse than Trump’s low as president (36%) and the lowest since George W. Bush from 2006-2008. Fifty-eight percent disapprove of Biden’s work.

Among groups, just 31% of women now approve of Biden’s work in office, a new low (as do 34% of men). He won 57% of women in 2020.

He’s at 28% approval among independents, a customary swing voter group; a low of 32% among moderates; and a low of 41% among college graduates, 10 points off his career average in that group.

Dismal? I think that’s a fair assessment.

For what it’s worth, I have always thought that if his approval numbers dropped below 30%, his inner circle would read the handwriting on the wall and pressure Biden to pull out.

Langer does very in-depth analyses for ABC News, and I have found him to be very fair and balanced. What does he add? He digs into the numbers big time.

Biden has terrible numbers in general— see Lowry’s summary above— but the survey shows once again that he is losing the support of Democrats’ core constituencies:

Biden’s approval rating is 21 points below average among Black people and 15 points below average among Hispanic people, compared with 6 points among white people; more Black people, in particular, offer no opinion.

There’s a striking difference among Black people by age in their views of Biden: He has an approval rating of 65% among Black people age 50 and up, dropping sharply to 32% among Black people younger than 50. Age gaps are not apparent among white or Hispanic people.

As always, the age factor is the elephant in the room. Langer writes

Trump has advantages in two other areas. Forty-seven percent say he has the mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president, compared with 28% who say this of Biden. And more, 57%, say Trump has the physical health necessary to serve, again compared with 28% for Biden.

One other finding from the survey [underlining added]:

90% of Republicans say the economy is in bad shape, as do 74% of independents, compared with 49% of Democrats.

That said, Biden has a tepid 65% approval rating among Democrats for handling the economy, a career low.

We’ll talk about the results again tomorrow.

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