Biden’s collapse picks up in 2024 where it left off in 2023

By Dave Andrusko

In a new poll, the collapse in support for pro-abortion President Joe Biden picks up where it left off in 2023: a continuing downward spiral. What’s interesting is not just the latest numbers but the extend to which his friends in the media try to make lemon out of lemonade.

Here’s the headline and subhead in a story that ran today in USA Today written by Susan Page, Savannah Kuchar, and Sudiksha Kochi:

 A fraying coalition: Black, Hispanic, young voters abandon Biden as election year begins

In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, Biden’s failure to consolidate his victorious 2020 support has left him narrowly trailing Trump.

The story begins on a grim note. “President Joe Biden heads into the election year showing alarming weakness among stalwarts of the Democratic base, with Donald Trump leading among Hispanic voters and young people,” USA Today writes. “One in 5 Black voters now say they’ll support a third-party candidate in November.” It gets worse:

In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, Biden’s failure to consolidate support in key parts of the coalition that elected him in 2020 has left him narrowly trailing Trump, the likely Republican nominee, 39%-37%; 17% support an unnamed third-party candidate.

When seven candidates are specified by name, Trump’s lead inches up to 3 percentage points, 37%-34%, with independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the top of the third-party candidates at 10%.

In the understatement of the year, the reporters tell us “The findings underscore the formidable political task the president faces this year to win a second term.”

I recall how dismissive my friends were when I pointed out that Trump had made inroad in the Black community. Now Biden ”claims the support of just 63% of Black voters, a precipitous decline from the 87% he carried in 2020, according to the Roper Center.”

And a figure that so startling it snaps your head back: “He [Biden] trails among Hispanic voters by 5 percentage points, 39%-34%; in 2020 he had swamped Trump among that demographic group 2 to 1, 65%-32%.”

Just one other point that is enormously important:

* In the poll, 44% of Trump supporters describe themselves as a “10” on a thermometer measuring enthusiasm, the highest possible level. Among Biden supporters, fewer than half that number, 18%, call themselves a “10”.

More tomorrow.