President Joe Biden is reportedly not pleased with his current standing in the polls and has made it clear to his aides that he expects them to do something about it. In a recent article from The Washington Post, it was revealed that Biden expressed his dissatisfaction to a group of aides before heading off for his Thanksgiving vacation. According to the report, Biden complained that his economic message had not resonated with the public and that he wanted to know what steps his team was taking to improve his poll numbers.
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The article also mentioned that Biden is feeling frustrated with his low approval ratings and is upset that a turnaround has not yet occurred. While the White House declined to comment on the report, a statement from a White House spokesperson indicated that they do not discuss the president’s private conversations. Despite this, it seems evident that Biden is concerned about his current position and the impact it could have on his party in future elections.
The report also highlighted the concerns expressed by Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who is running for Senate in her state. While publicly supporting Biden, Slotkin reportedly expressed worries about winning if Biden remains at the top of the Democratic ticket. This sentiment is echoed by other Democrats, with some comparing the situation to the 2016 election when Hillary Clinton’s vulnerabilities were overlooked, leading to her eventual loss to Donald Trump.
A poll mentioned in the article conducted by The Wall Street Journal in November revealed that former President Trump is leading Biden in a head-to-head race. Furthermore, the poll indicated that only 23% of voters feel that Biden’s policies have personally helped them, while 53% believe they have been impacted negatively by his agenda. These figures suggest that there is widespread dissatisfaction with Biden’s performance and an overall sense of malaise in the country.
Voters have cited concerns such as inflation and high prices as reasons for their dissatisfaction, but some struggle to pinpoint specific policies they dislike, instead expressing a general feeling of disappointment. This sentiment is reflected in statements from voters like Robert Gilbert from Missouri, who feels that Biden has not done much to benefit him personally. Additionally, Stephanie Evans from Colorado expressed frustration about economic injustices and the feeling of being forgotten.
These negative sentiments are leading some voters to rethink their support for Biden. Melissa Garcia Johnson of Alaska, who voted for Biden in 2020, is now unsure about her future support due to her frustrations with his unsuccessful efforts to address student loan debt and the difficulties she and her husband faced in obtaining a home loan. Similarly, Christine Jung from Florida, a retired FBI agent, plans to vote for Trump again due to concerns about national security, particularly regarding open borders and the threat of terrorism.
While it remains to be seen how Biden’s team will respond to these concerns and address his declining poll numbers, it is clear that there is a growing sense of unease within the Democratic Party. Democrats are beginning to question whether Biden is the best candidate to represent their interests, and some are even calling for alternative options in future elections. As the 2022 midterms approach, it will be crucial for Biden and his team to confront these challenges and implement strategies to improve his approval ratings.