Joe Biden’s presidency appears to be crumbling with remarkable speed. In January, in the days following his inauguration, Biden enjoyed considerable public support. His job approval score was 58 percent, with just 35 percent disapproval.
This could be attributed to a generalized sense of relief that the Sturm and Drang Trump years were finally over, especially in the aftermath of the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. Biden also benefited from being widely regarded as a decent man. And it didn’t hurt that much of the news media spent all day praising it as a wonderful antidote to its ugly predecessor.
Yet the evidence is now clear: the more Biden does the job of president, the less Americans approve. The RealClearPolitics poll average now has it at 46 approvals; 51 disapproval.
It’s a drop. He is not as unpopular as Trump at the same stage of his presidency. Trump scored 40; 54 on the approve / disapprove charts at the end of September 2017. But if Biden can’t stop his so far fairly consistent poll slide, he could underperform Trump by the end of the year.
Even more worrying for Team Biden, a new ABC / Ipsos Mori poll shows Biden’s support crumbling over his handling of key issues.
The most obvious is the big failure that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was: ABC’s latest survey showed that its support rose from 55% approval at the end of July to 38% in August. This is hardly surprising, given America’s global sense of failure and humiliation.
Biden still enjoys strong majority support for his handling of COVID-19, although it has also fallen from 69% to 64.
When it comes to immigration, Biden remains strongly frowned upon, although his score has improved since July as his administration began to toughen its border policies.
Economically, however, Biden is slipping. Americans liked Joe when he introduced mega spending bills. However, as inflation escalates and the stock market grows scared, its approval score for “managing the economic recovery” fell from 60% in March to 55% at the end of August.
If Democrats manage to push through Biden’s gargantuan infrastructure bill in the coming days, he could be granted a sudden reprieve. But for now, polls strongly indicate that Americans are increasingly unhappy with their commander-in-chief.
The post-Trump honeymoon is long gone. Now, the image Biden tried to portray of himself as a competent technocrat seems absurd as he shows signs of fatigue and mental exhaustion. His public performances on the world stage are increasingly embarrassing. It is becoming increasingly evident that his managers do not want him to answer questions from the press. It is not healthy and voters can see it.
If the president and his administration fail to stem the drift, or reverse the creeping impression of terrifying incompetence, the Democratic Party can expect a heavy blow in the midterm elections next year.
This article was originally published on The spectatorthe UK website of.