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Can Biden turn around his terrible poll numbers?

by | Mar 4, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Joe Biden’s job approval numbers seem to have reached an equilibrium. This is decidedly not something that the President can be happy with since his approval numbers seem to have plateaued  at around an anemic 40%.

The headline for Gallup’s Megan Brenan’s story is even more discouraging: “Biden’s Job Approval Edges Down to 38%: Democrats’ ratings of the president’s handling of immigration and the Middle East and Ukraine situations worsen.”

Brenan adds, “Americans’ approval of President Joe Biden’s job performance has edged down three percentage points to 38%, just one point shy of his all-time low and well below the 50% threshold that has typically led to reelection for incumbents.”

Nobody seems to believe Biden will pull a LBJ and announce he’s not running, as President Johnson did in 1968. That having been said, here is a mounting discontent captured in this from columnist Clarence Page, writing for the Chicago Tribune:

[M]y Democratic friends, as well as Never-Trump Republicans, have begun to murmur about what to do with dear old Joe… the whispers and anxiousness within the Democratic Party haven’t died down as poll after poll shows Biden with the kinds of numbers that typically are perilous for presidents seeking reelection. Who knows what happens between now and August, when delegates meet in Chicago?”

In other words, a possible brokered convention, which (to quote Page) is “when a party’s nominee is not selected by a majority of delegates in the first round of voting at the party’s nominating convention.”

And so it goes for President Biden who is looking for some toehold. One more quote from Gallup tells us that these recent numbers are nothing new:

Biden’s approval rating has not risen above 44% since August 2021, and his 39.8% average rating for his third year in office was the second worst among post-World War II presidents elected to their first term.

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