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President Joe Biden’s polling and approval rating continue to drop as the 2024 presidential election creeps closer.
A new poll shows that only 39 percent of voters in four key swing states, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, have confidence in the president’s ability to handle the economy, RealClearPolitics reported.
Steve Cortes, the chairman and founder of the League of American Workers, said in a column posted to the site that the reason 77 percent of the voters surveyed said that the nation is on the wrong track is because of the economy.
Of the 39 percent that had a favorable opinion of the president’s handling of the economy, a mere 9 percent said they give him a “strong approval.”
“So, despite the propaganda of media apologists and cherry-picking of a small set of data points that appear temporarily uplifting, voters clearly understand their tough economic slog and place blame squarely upon Biden and his allies,” the author said.
“In fact, in separate polling from Gallup going back seven decades, Republicans have never before enjoyed a larger edge on the primary issue of the day, the economy. Combining that survey with this new LAW poll in battleground states, the harsh reality of economic anxiety becomes clearer, especially for citizens of modest means,” he said.
“Our new poll revealed, for example, just how worried workers are about the erosion of their earning power and their subsequent inability to pay soaring housing costs for rents or mortgages.
“In these four states, fully 39% of voters said that ‘Income Erosion’ was a top concern regarding the effects of systemic, punishing inflation. Americans work harder to afford less, as evidenced by the crushing 24 straight months of declining real wages under Biden, meaning pay adjusted for the costs of the goods and services of life,” he said.
More concerning for the president, another recent poll showed that his support among Democrat voters has cratered, Newsweek reported:
President Joe Biden’s job approval rating among Democrats dropped by 11 percentage points in the past month for the worst assessment among his own party since he took office, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday.
The survey found Biden’s current approval rating among Democrats is 75 percent, a double-digit drop from September’s 86 percent. The Gallup poll also recorded his overall approval rating at 37 percent, a decline from last month’s 41 percent. His overall rating had previously dipped to as low as 37 percent only once before, when it hit the mark in April.
Gallup noted that its poll was conducted from October 2 to October 23, and during this period, Hamas led the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in history, on October 7. Israel subsequently launched its heaviest-ever airstrikes on Gaza.
As of Wednesday, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that at least 5,791 people have been killed, according to figures cited by the Associated Press, which noted that it could not independently verify the death toll.
Democratic Party strategist James Carville said that some Democrats have asked him to stop talking about the president’s chances of being elected again as Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips has decided to challenge the president in the Democrat primary, The Atlantic reported.
The strategist said that Democrats are not disagreeing with him, but they want him to stop talking about the president having a tough time being elected again.
“Nobody is saying, ‘James, you’re wrong,’” the strategist said. “They’re saying, ‘James, you can’t say that.’”
“I’m looking at polling data, and I’m looking at all of it. The president’s numbers are just not good—and they’re not getting any better,” he said.
“I talk to a lot of people who do a lot of congressional-level polling and state polling, and they’re all saying the same thing. There’s not an outlier; there’s not another opinion… The question is, has the country made up its mind?” he said.