A growing chorus of Democrats is becoming disheartened by President Biden’s poll numbers, which continue to decline amid a smattering of positive economic developments.
Both privately and publicly, Democrats have grappled with the lackluster numbers, calling for a recalibration of messaging and even downplaying the situation.
“It’s frustrating,” said Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colonel), according to The Hill.
“They believe inflation continues to rise,” he said of voters. “Inflation … [is] relatively speaking, under control. We are not at two percent now, but we are very close.
“I think we have to find new ways to let people know that the reality of what we’re seeing is nothing short of a miracle.”
Voters were angry at Biden over the white-hot inflation that gripped the first two years of his presidency.
Democrats are baffled by President Biden’s plummeting poll numbers amid what they see as his enormous accomplishments in office. AFP via Getty Images
Senator John Hickenlooper acknowledged President Biden’s anemic polls, but defended the commander in chief’s stewardship of the country.Getty Images
But since then, price pressure has begun to cool. Inflation, which once reached 7% in 2021, reached 3.2% in terms of the annual rate in July, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Recently, the Biden campaign and allied Super PACs tapped into their vast war chests to mount an ad campaign to pump up the incumbent in 2024. This involved a lot of positive ads about Biden.
But polls still show some cause for concern.
Biden has a razor-thin lead of 0.4 percentage points over his main Republican foe, former President Donald Trump, according to the latest aggregate from RealClearPolitics.
Senator Richard Blumenthal argued that a change in messaging might be necessary. Getty Images
A recent CNN/SSRS poll found him trailing Trump, 77, by one point, which was within the margin of error.
But the poll found Biden’s approval at 39%, with 58% having an unfavorable opinion of the 80-year-old president and nearly three-quarters concerned about his age.
“There is work to be done, stronger messages, more aggressive campaigns, but we are still very, very early,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), according to The Hill.
Some Democrats, however, have downplayed the polls.
“I mean I saw a poll that didn’t look that good, but I also saw that it had 59% Republican respondents. Well, I think he did very well in a poll with 59% Republican respondents,” said House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). he told MSNBC last week.
The CNN poll surveyed 1,503 adults with a Republican oversample of 898. But it claimed to have used a sample of 32% of voters who identified as Democrats, 32% as Republicans and 35% as independents.
Many analysts believe a flurry of polls overestimated GOP support ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, contributing to a red mirage.
The president has called the uproar over his age “legitimate.”
Other recent polls have echoed similar findings about voters’ apprehension about Biden’s age.
At 80, Biden is already the oldest commander in chief in the nation’s history. If he wins a second term, according to his hypothetical conclusion he would be 86 years old.
“I don’t realize it,” Biden told reporters about his age in April. “But the only thing I can say is that one of the things people will discover is that they will look at a race and judge whether I have it or not. .”
Misgivings about his age have been exacerbated by several verbal errors and gaffes.
On Sunday, Biden turned heads during a stop in Hanoi, Vietnam, during an international press event to discuss the Group of 20 summit and geopolitical maneuvering in Asia.
“I’ll tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to bed,” Biden joked during a rambling speech and a question about why he hasn’t spoken to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
At one point, his aides appeared to interrupt him and end the press.
“The age factor shouldn’t make anyone bitter unless they’re seeing results that don’t live up to their expectations,” Hickenlooper added, according to The Hill. “What I want to say is that the results are quite good.”
Vice President Kamala Harris attempted to allay concerns about re-election in 2024 during an interview on Sunday.
“We will win, we will win re-election. The stakes are high and the American people know it,” Harris said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
Overall, President Biden still has a slight lead in polls over former President Donald Trump, the Republican Party favorite.REUTERS
Biden is the overwhelming Democratic favorite for 2024, with no other major heavyweight contender in the race.
He faces stiff competition from bestselling author Marianne Williamson and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.