Quinnipiac Poll just came out with their latest poll regarding presidential approval numbers. And despite the fact that Joe Biden seems to have had a pretty decent week or two lately, his numbers wouldn’t bear that out.
Overall, Biden’s approval numbers have fallen to 31%, his lowest ever. 94% of Republicans, 71% of Independents, and a whopping 67% of Democrats say Biden is doing a lousy job! He fared a little better among registered voters with 33% approving of his efforts and 59% against.
Biden’s handling of individual issues showed his weakness. Only 50% approved of his handling of COVID, with 43% against. 40% approve of the way he’s handling the Russia/Ukraine situation, 52% disapprove. On foreign policy, 33% approve, 62% disapprove.
But the two bottom categories are two categories that concern Americans most. On gun violence, Biden scores a 32% approval and 61% disapproval. And on the economy, which is going to probably be the largest campaign issue this fall, Biden is at a miserable 28%, while 66%, almost 2/3 of the electorate disapprove of it.
Is it any wonder the Dems are trying to find anyone that can run and do a better job than Biden? The problem, as I’ve said in the past, is they don’t have a bench at all. Voters have emphatically said that they don’t want to see people running again that ran in the past and lost. That would eliminate people like K-baby Harris, Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and of course, Bernie Sanders. It does seem to open the door for people like Gavin Newsome. But with his tarnished record running California, I can only assume there would be enough people that would reject his candidacy pretty quickly.
As far as a Biden/Trump matchup in 2024? Well, according to Quinnipiac, Americans are looking at someone different in both parties. Only 24% feel Biden should run again, while 70% say he shouldn’t. Trump doesn’t fare much better. 32% say he should try for reelection, while 60% say he should stay in Florida.
As far as favorables for say, the top four candidates? Trump is the most popular with 37% approval. He’s followed by Biden at 35% (as a candidate, not the presidential approval rating). Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis has 31% approval, but 35% of the respondents hadn’t heard enough information about him to make a decision. And K-baby Harris brings up the rear with just 27% approval.
It will certainly make an interesting primary season. You KNOW that Biden is going to be primaried, and I bet Trump is as well. It’ll be interesting to see if either of them is strong enough to get through 2023 unscathed.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!