by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Bad news for President Biden and his team. A new Quinnipiac poll of U.S. adults released this week shows Biden unable to garner majority support for the job he’s doing. Yes, more approve than disapprove, but the president isn’t convincing independents he’s the right person for the job. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.7%.
Americans approve (49 – 41 percent) of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president, with 10 percent not offering an opinion. Democrats approve 87 – 6 percent, independents are mixed 43 – 41 percent, and Republicans disapprove 88 – 9 percent.
Here’s why. Other than his handling of the pandemic, where he has high approval (see below), Biden’s approval is below 50% – sometimes much lower than 50% – on every other issue queried by Quinnipiac pollsters. Some of these approval numbers are absolutely terrible.
The Biden team has got to be worried about what this portends. Here in battleground North Carolina, the president also faces a skeptical populous – including fellow Democrats – as the recent Civitas Poll of likely 2022 voters showed. You may recall this from May 13:
Worry over President Biden’s agenda is palpable in North Carolina and includes a sizable percentage of the president’s fellow Democrats. Nearly six of 10 North Carolina voters likely to cast a ballot in 2022 are concerned the Biden administration will do too much to increase the size and role of government, according to a new Civitas Poll. That includes 27% of Democrats, 56% of unaffiliated voters, and 97% of Republicans. Nearly half – 49% – are very concerned. Twenty-five percent are not concerned at all. A razor-thin 2% are unsure.
That’s just the beginning of the president’s troubles.
Nervousness crosses age lines as well. More than half of every demographic over the age of 35 expresses concern about how big and imposing government could become during a Biden presidency. The older the voter, the greater the apprehension. Among those 35 to 49, 57% are uneasy. The number jumps to 64% among those 50 to 64, topping out at 67% among those 65 and older. Even 33% of 18-to-34-year-olds are concerned.
A majority of North Carolina voters also believe the country is on the wrong track – 55% – according to poll results. Only 39% believe the United States is headed in the right direction. That’s a 16-point gulf, one that has widened since the spring Civitas Poll. In March, 52% selected wrong track and 42% selected right direction.
Clearly, President Biden is failing to unite the country, which was his signature promise as a candidate. And, he faces skepticism even among his fellow Democrats. Not good news for the Biden team.