By Dave Andrusko
Often, one news account makes much more sense when you read it in conjunction with a second story. “Underwater in 48 states: Slidin’ Biden hits record low 33/56 in Civiqs poll” fleshes out and answers the headline “Should Biden Run in 2024? Democratic Whispers of ‘No’ Start to Rise.”
The latest data from Civiqs is staggering , beginning with Biden’s sinking job approval numbers. “Biden has managed to get to his all-time low in job approval, as well as states in which he’s appreciated,” Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey writes. “His 33/56 is his lowest on approval and ties his highest in disapproval, while only Hawaii and Vermont put him in positive territory.”
Civiqs research shows Biden’s job approval isn’t the only thing sinking fast. “While Barack Obama could maintain his likability even when his policies became unpopular, Biden has no such cushion with the electorate,” Morrissey continued. “His favorability ratings have fallen to the lowest levels of his presidency at 38/56” which, as it happens, while low is not the worse numbers Biden has received.
Biden is growing less popular by the month.
“His favorability is negative in double digits among all age demos except seniors (-9), it’s underwater among women (-5), double-digit negative among college grads and non-college voters and only 47/48 among post-grads,” Morrissey writes. “He’s barely above water among Hispanics (+4), and while 74% of black voters see him favorably, the 17% who don’t should give Democrats night sweats heading into the midterms — as should the 68% of independents who likewise don’t like Biden.”
So, not surprisingly, there are “whispers” Biden should not seek a second term. The New York Times’s Reid J. Epstein and Jennifer Medina write
Midway through the 2022 primary season, many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are venting their frustrations with President Biden’s struggle to advance the bulk of his agenda, doubting his ability to rescue the party from a predicted midterm trouncing and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.
As the challenges facing the nation mount and fatigued base voters show low enthusiasm, Democrats in union meetings, the back rooms of Capitol Hill and party gatherings from coast to coast are quietly worrying about Mr. Biden’s leadership, his age and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time.
Shelia Huggins, a member of the Democratic National Committee, put it bluntly. “Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,” she told The Times. “That can’t be Biden.”