Joe Biden Gets Bad News One Week After His State Of The Union Address


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If President Joe Biden was hoping for a bounce in the polls following his State of the Union address last Tuesday, he failed miserably.

A Civiqs daily tracking poll shows that only 35 percent approve of Biden’s job performance.

Similarly in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, just 45 percent approved of Biden’s performance.

One NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll did find the president’s approval rating jump 8 percentage points from last month’s 39 percent to 47 percent after his State of the Union message, but it seems to be an outlier.

NPR attributed the improvement in their poll to a “rally-around-the-Ukrainian-flag moment” for the commander-in-chief.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls still finds Biden nearly 12 percentage points underwater with just 41.6 percent approving and 53.5 percent disapproving, which is around where he has been for months.

That’s not the only bad polling news that has hit Biden recently.

Last week, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that a majority of adults in the United States believe Biden is mentally unfit to serve as president while also revealing the lowest job approval rating (37 percent) from the poll since becoming president over a year ago.


“The recent poll revealed that the ‘underlying weakness’ is to the degree that most adults ‘have doubts about his personal capacities.’ When the respondents were asked if he was a strong leader, 59 percent said no, while 36 percent said yes. In fact, those percentages resemble his job approval; 37 percent approve and 55 percent disapprove,” Breitbart reported.

“When asked about Biden’s ‘mental sharpness’ to serve as president, 54 percent said they do not think Biden is mentally sharp enough, while only 40 percent said he is. When respondents were asked the same question in May 2020, when Biden was only a candidate, 51 percent said he had the ‘mental sharpness’ needed to serve as president, while 43 percent said he did not,” the report added.

“Biden seemed to have lost independents, a critical polling group, on this topic. Fifty-nine percent of the independents gave the president’s mental sharpness a negative assessment, a rise of 13 percentage points since May 2020,” the report added.

A separate Washington Post-ABC News poll that was released over the weekend found that voters have more trust in Republicans than Democrats as Biden’s approval rating has plummeted down to 37 percent.

The poll found that 50 percent of registered voters said they’d prefer Republicans to be in control of Congress, while 40 percent prefer Democrats.

It also revealed that 49 percent said they will support a GOP candidate in November’s midterm elections, with 42 percent saying they will vote for a Democratic candidate.

In other findings, the poll found that:

–47% disapprove of the way Biden has managed the international crisis sparked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

–37% approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, while 58% disapprove.

–44% approve of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic while 50% disapprove.


–75% rate the economy negatively, with 39% saying the economy is in “poor” shape.

–54% say the economy has gotten worse since Biden took office, compared with 17% who say it’s gotten better and 27% who say it’s stayed the same since he was elected.

–50% say Biden bears a “good deal” or a “great amount” of the blame for the 40-year high inflation rate, while 48 % say he bears “not much” or no blame at all.

–59% say Biden is not a strong leader, compared with 36% who say he is; among independents 65% say he’s not a strong.

–54% say they do not think Biden has the mental sharpness it takes to serve as president, while 40% say he does. Among independents, 59% give a negative assessment of his mental sharpness.

–46% of adults identify or lean Republican; 43% identify as Democrats.

–54% say they trust the GOP on the economy compared with 35% who trust Democrats.

–43% trust Democrats on the pandemic compared with 37% who trust Republicans on the issue.

–44% trust Democrats on education issues compared with 41% who trust Republicans.

Earlier this month, Biden’s approval sank below 40 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

A new average of polls show Biden’s approval rating beneath 40 percent for the first time since he took office in January 2021.

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