President Joe Biden’s overall approval ratings have dipped to a new low of 36% less than two weeks after formally announcing his intention to seek reelection, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
“Biden’s overall approval ratings, however, are only part of a broader and largely negative assessment of him as a candidate for reelection,” the Washington Post wrote of its poll jointly conducted with ABC.
The poll was taken between April 28 and May 3. It included 1,006 U.S. adults and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Asked who was better at handling the economy, 54% said former President Trump did a better job, with only 36% endorsing Biden’s economic strategies.
In addition to the flagging overall approval rating, the Post-ABC poll showed only about 1/3 of Americans believe the current Commander-in-Chief has the mental acuity required to do the job.
Trump beat Biden 64% to 33% on respondents’ assessments of the men being in good enough physical health to effectively serve as president. Trump beat Biden again 54% to 32% on having the mental sharpness to serve effectively in the office. On trustworthiness, however, the numbers were flipped, with Biden beating Trump 41% to 33%.
A whopping 77% of independents who lean Democrat want the Democratic Party to nominate someone other than Joe Biden. Among Democrat-leaning adults, the figure was 58%. Democrats were tied 47% to 47% on nominating Biden or nominating someone else, with 6% saying they had no opinion on the matter.
In a hypothetical 2024 general election matchup with Biden as the Democratic Party nominee, more respondents said they would probably or definitely vote for the Republican than for Biden
In a Trump vs. Biden scenario, 45% of respondents said they definitely or probably vote for Trump, and 38% said they would probably or definitely vote for Biden. In a DeSantis vs. Biden scenario, 42% said they would probably or definitely vote for DeSantis, and 37% said they would probably or definitely vote for Biden.
“It’s sobering in the sense that the coalition that elected Joe Biden, with the historic numbers that we saw in 2020, that coalition right now is fragmented. That should concern them,” Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile said on ABC’s “This Week,” as reported in The Hill.
“They’re still unable to get a real good, strong message to the American people not just on their accomplishments but where they want to take the country,” the former Democratic National Committee chair also said, addressing serious concerns with the poll results.
“It kept me up and I thought they should wake up and look at those numbers.”
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