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President Joe Biden has gotten another round of bad news as November’s crucial midterm elections are roughly 40 days away.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that Biden’s approval ratings are plummeting and most Democrat voters said the party should replace Biden as its nominee for president in 2024.
“In the November midterm election ahead, registered voters divide 47%-46% between the Republican and the Democratic candidate in their House district, historically not enough to prevent typical first-midterm losses. And one likely voter model has a 51%-46% Republican-Democratic split,” ABC News reported.
“Looking two years off, just 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Biden for the 2024 nomination; 56% want the party to pick someone else. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, for their part, split 47%-46% on whether Donald Trump should be their 2024 nominee — a 20-point drop for Trump compared with his 2020 nomination,” the outlet added.
In a head-to-head rematch, the poll found a 48%-46% Biden-Trump contest, essentially tied. Among registered voters, the numbers reverse to 46%-48%.
Only 39% of voters said they approved of Biden’s job performance while 53% disapprove.
On the economy, Biden’s approval rating is 36% while 57% disapprove — a 21-point deficit.
The terrible polling for Biden is a bad sign for Democrats, who are trying to hold on to the Senate and House.
As the midterms approach, the nation’s top issue remains the economy and specifically inflation (30 percent), the poll found. Immigration (8 percent) and crime (8 percent) round out the top three most important issues for Americans.
Americans are feeling the pain, economically, without question.
“We’re your typical middle-income average American family,” mother and wife Briana Howard told the New York Post. “We’re more mindful at the grocery store … It’s like, ‘What do we have a coupon for?’ I mindlessly picked up a pack of $10 grapes, that’s not something I can continue to do.”
“Diners have become my luxuries,” attorney Rob Abiuso also told the outlet. “There really is no surplus income anymore. There really is no savings anymore. I pray that all this turns around.”
“People have told me I lost weight, but I can’t afford groceries,” comedian Gary DeNoia said. “I used to go shopping and plan my meals for the week. But [now] a Fage yogurt is $10. A bag of Doritos is $7. It’s cheaper to eat takeout … I have never eaten this much Chinese takeout because the lunch special will last me three days.”
The USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found that a mere 39 percent of voters approved of Biden’s performance so far, and 69 percent of all voters, which includes 50 percent of democrats, do not want him to run for president again in 2024.
The Daily Caller added:
The top alternatives for Democratic voters were Vice President Kamala Harris and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, each of whom were the top choice of 18% of Democrats, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who reeled in 16%.
The most important issues for Democratic voters were abortion, which 27% said was their priority, and the economy, which 12% said was their top issue.
David Axelrod, a former adviser to then-President Barack Obama has become the latest Democrat to cast doubt about Biden’s political future in 2024.
Axelrod was asked in July about a recent poll indicating that 75 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they do not want Biden to run again in 2024, according to Newsweek.
Responding, the former Obama whisperer said that a “time will come when these numbers have to be accounted for, and he’s going to have to make a decision” on whether he wants to run for reelection.
“I mean, obviously, this is a very unhappy bit of data for him. I’m sure, you know, it is concerning,” Axelrod said.