4 theories behind Biden’s ‘underwater’ poll numbers


President Biden’s poll numbers are dropping – very low – justifying descriptions like “underwater” and “brutal.” A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that the president “was beaten on confidence, doubted leadership and challenged on overall competence,” with an approval rating of just 38 percent.

What are the explanations for this damaging dip? Politics attributes the drop in confidence to the pandemic and its continued presence in the lives of Americans who thought things would be better now. “There is unease,” said Sarah Longwell, who led a panel of Pennsylvania Democrats frustrated with COVID. “People don’t feel like their lives have improved. They kind of feel like promises are broken.”

Frustration could also stem from police reform and voting rights negotiations, as well as disturbing images of Haitian immigrants being returned to their countries through home-based border agents and a policy of immigration of the Trump era, suggests The Washington Post. Notably (and sadly) this resentment comes from within Biden’s core Democratic constituencies, including black Americans, Latinos, many women, and young people. “I think the frustration is at an all time high,” activist W. Mondale Robinson said. “Black men are pissed off by the nothingness that has happened… Does that make the job more difficult? It makes the job almost impossible.”

Other Americans seem to think Biden is generally incompetent and that his White House is not “up to the tough challenges,” reports The hill, citing the Quinnipiac poll.

Corn some, like James Joyner at Outside the ring road, argue that the depressed polls are the result of issues beyond the president’s control. Even though his “benefit of the doubt” period is coming to an end and it is no longer enough for him not to be his predecessor, writes Joyner, “the president cannot do everything.”

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