by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Normal Democrats are increasingly open about their disappointment with President Biden. Yesterday, the Monmouth University national poll had Biden’s job approval down to 36 percent. If you follow politics, you know the usual split in these polls by party. Usually only about 10 percent of the opposition-party respondents approve of the job the president is doing, usually almost all of the members of the president’s party approve, and independents are usually roughly evenly split.
In the Monmouth poll, just 3 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of independents, and 74 percent of Democrats approved of the job Biden is doing. The survey found that 19 percent of Democrats were willing to tell a pollster they didn’t approve of the job Biden was doing, and another 7 percent volunteered that they didn’t know enough to have an opinion.
In other words, roughly a quarter of Democrats can’t bring themselves to say, “Yes, he’s doing fine.”
One of the more buzz-generating moves in the past week or so was California governor Gavin Newsom’s running an ad in Florida, which was almost certainly aimed at getting national attention. It was also probably aimed to trigger an angry Truth Social post from former president Trump and response from Florida governor Ron DeSantis, or ideally both. On paper, Newsom is running for reelection in the Golden State, but the ad is a not-so-subtle hint to Democrats across the country that if they want to reconsider their presidential options for 2024, he’s available and interested. …
… The problem for Joe Biden is not that Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, DeSantis, Greg Abbott, Brian Kemp, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, or other figures associated with the political Right are not being attacked enough. The problem for Joe Biden is that he’s doing a lousy job, and Americans are feeling the consequences.