Biden Dismisses Concerns About Polls

Biden Dismisses Concerns About Polls

( – President Joe Biden sat down for an interview with CBS-affiliated television station WKRC on Monday, November 8. Biden agreed to give the rare one-on-one conversation as part of his nationwide campaign to take credit for the bipartisan infrastructure deal. However, the interview ventured into the realm of Biden’s sinking polling numbers, provoking an unexpected response from the president.

Biden’s Abysmal Polling Numbers

Earlier that day, Suffolk University released the results of its joint poll with USA Today. Participants overwhelmingly approved of the infrastructure bill, with about 61% saying they supported the deal and 32% opposing the measure. However, it was a completely different story when it came to the president’s approval rating.

A paltry 38% of registered voters approved of Biden’s job performance, and 59% said they disapproved. Those figures represent a slight shift from figures in August, when 41% of voters expressed approval of his performance in office, versus 55% who disapproved. Asked if they thought Biden should seek reelection, just 29% responded in the affirmative; 64% thought he should not run again.

When asked to submit their number one priority for Biden to address in 2022, 20% said he should resign, retire, or quit. Eleven percent wanted him to address the nation’s economy and jobs, and eight percent wanted him to focus on uniting the country and prioritizing issues surrounding immigration and the US Customs and Border Protection.

Biden’s Response to American Voters

WKRC host Kyle Inskeep asked Biden about his falling numbers. Biden attempted to play down those figures, pointing out he saw a different poll showing him having a 48% approval rating. He said he “didn’t run [for office] because of the polls.” Biden also claimed his approval numbers lined up with previous presidents’ polling at a similar point in their term of office.

Continuing, he eventually offered his take on his tanking numbers. According to him, Americans were “worried” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Schools have not been opened,” and Americans are suffering “psychological scars” from hundreds of thousands of deaths. “There’s a lot… of anxiety.”

Final Thoughts

Biden’s overall response indicated he wasn’t worried about his approval rating, but should he be?

There’s a couple of ways to look at it. On the one hand, the 2024 presidential election is a long way away, and anything could happen between now and then. On the other, winning the approval of a nation he promised to unite could serve his best interests and those of the American people.

What do you think? Is there another way for Biden to approach his collapsing poll numbers?

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