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Even Snopes admits Biden “is the least popular U.S. president in 70 years”

by | May 20, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Given Snopes.com long-standing disdain for pro-life former President Donald Trump, I half expected them to challenge the “claim” that “Public opinion polls released in April 2024 found Joe Biden to be the least popular U.S. president in 70 years.”

Actually, they didn’t.

Nikki Dobrin went through the many, many polls that have reached that conclusion, beginning with Gallup, and found that “claim” to be true:

In conclusion, multiple surveys and analysis released in April 2024 by Gallup and other pollsters concluded that Biden was indeed, at the time the polls were taken, the least popular U.S. president in 70 years.

Everyone in and out of politics know that’s the ghastly state of the economy is a huge anchor around Biden’s ankles, dragging him down. Even the Washington Post can’t deny the undeniable.

The headline Sunday on a story written by Abha Bhattarai reads

Americans are down on the economy (again), with inflation topping election concerns

 

Consumer sentiment is at a six-month low, and people are pulling back on all kinds of purchases.

Her opening two paragraphs tell it all

After a spurt of optimism, Americans are feeling a little more glum about the economy — again.

Consumer sentiment, a gauge of Americans’ economic perceptions, is at a six-month low, according to a closely watched index by the University of Michigan. The measure notched its biggest drop since 2021, reflecting the persistent tug of inflation on household budgets and fueling fears that rising prices, unemployment and interest rates could all worsen in the coming months.

Does this help pro-life former President Donald Trump? You betcha:

In April, some 36 percent of Americans said the economy is the country’s top issue, up from 30 percent in February and March, Gallup polls show. More people also cited inflation and high cost of living as larger concerns than they did the previous month.

And

Polls consistently show that Americans favor former president Donald Trump over Biden on economic issues.

Last week, we ran through the president’s free fall in the polls. It would be almost impossible to overstate the influence of one in particular: the now famous New York Times/Philadelphia Inquirer/Siena College poll which found Biden trailing in five of six battleground states.

One other of many surveys and stories we wrote about them. Ruy Teixeira published a fascinating piece titled “The Working Class-Sized Hole in Democratic Support Widens: This is a big, big problem.” He found

Across the battleground, Biden is losing to Trump among working-class voters by 16 points. That compares to Biden’s national working-class deficit of just 4 points in 2020.

So what? Teixeira quotes this from Timothy Noah:

For the past 100 years, no Democrat—with one exception—has ever entered the White House without winning a majority of the working-class vote, defined conventionally as those voters who possess a high school degree but no college degree. The exception was Joe Biden in 2020, under highly unusual circumstances (a badly-mismanaged Covid pandemic, an economy going haywire). It’s unlikely in the extreme that Biden can manage that trick a second time. He must win the working-class vote in 2024.

More tomorrow.

Categories: Joe Biden