By Dave Andrusko
Another day, another poll released showing pro-abortion President Joe Biden’s approval rating reaching a new low. Monmouth University poll, released today, shows him at just 34% approve, 61% disapprove.
“The Monmouth University poll approval rating comes in below a Wall Street Journal poll earlier this month that found Biden at a 37 percent approval rating,” reported Alex Gangitano for The Hill. ”That poll also had Biden trailing former President Trump, the GOP front-runner, in a hypothetical match-up in the 2024 presidential election.”
We’ll dig into the numbers in a moment, but not without first stressing that a battery of surveys have the president trailing in battleground states. Tyler Pager, writing for the Washington Post explains
In the states, recent polls from CNN found Biden trailed Trump in Michigan by 10 points and in Georgia by 5 points. In early November, New York Times-Siena College polls found Biden trailing Trump in five of the six most competitive battleground states: Trump led Biden by 10 percentage points in Nevada, six in Georgia, five in Arizona and Michigan and four in Pennsylvania. Biden led Trump by two in Wisconsin, albeit well within the 4.8-point margin of error. In 2020, Biden defeated Trump in all six of those states, though by very narrow margins.
Pager writes that the Washington Post averaged 17 polls in November and December and found that “Biden’s approval rating has tied his record low, standing at 38 percent with 58 percent disapproving …. Voters, including a majority of Democrats, are particularly concerned about Biden’s age and consistently rank it as a bigger problem for the president, 81, than Trump, 77.”
What else could possibly be more threatening than these numbers? Biden capsizing polling numbers “have gotten so significant that Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) has expressed concern that she may not be able to win her Senate race if Biden is at the top of the ticket,” according to Josh Kraushaar.
The accumulation of troubling polls for Biden has made it harder for Democrats to dismiss them, leading to a fresh set of conversations among Biden officials and allies about whether the president and his team need a shift in strategy. And now Democrats in competitive races are growing increasingly worried about Biden damaging their own electoral prospects.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), who is running for the state’s open Senate seat, has expressed concern to allies that she may not be able to win her race if Biden is at the top of the ticket, according to people familiar with the conversations.
According to numerous news outlets, President Biden does not believe the polls. Leaving the campaign office in Delaware, Biden was asked by reporters why he was losing to Trump in the polls. He said that people were reading “the wrong polls.”