President Biden downplays tanking poll numbers amid losses

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President Biden downplays tanking poll numbers amid losses

​President Biden tried to downplay his tanking poll numbers and poor performances by Democrats in last week’s elections Monday — though he acknowledged that “people are worried.”

“Well, look, the poll I saw just before I walked in, on another station, was my polling number is down, but it’s 48​ percent to 52​ percent,” the president said in an interview with ​WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. ​”But look, the point is, I didn’t run because of the polls​.”

Biden spoke hours after the release of a USA Today/Suffolk University poll found his approval rating had sunk to 37.8 percent, while his disapproval rating had risen to 59 percent.

The survey also showed that 64 percent said Biden should not run for reelection in 2024, including 28 percent of Democrats. 

“Look, a lot of people are worried,” the president admitted. “Think about this. Look​, ​750,000 people have died because of COVID. The psychological scars that has put on so many people. Schools have not been open because of COVID.”

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64% of Democrats said Biden should not seek reelection.
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“We’re in a situation where there’s a lot of anxiety. Gas prices are up, exceedingly high​,” he continued.

Biden added that people are also frustrated by the global supply chain bottleneck that is increasing the prices of everyday goods, in addition to the continued disruptions caused by the pandemic. 

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A USA Today/Suffolk University poll found President Biden’s approval rating had sunk to 37.8 percent, while his disapproval rating had risen to 59 percent.
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“Even though we’ve created almost six million jobs since I came into office, we’re in a situation where people don’t, I mean they don’t feel it right now,” he said. “They don’t feel it.”

That frustration, combined with Biden’s​ sinking poll numbers ​and last week’s elections paint a dire picture for Democrats as the 2022 midterms ​loom. 

The USA Today poll found that if congressional elections were held today, 45.9 percent of Americans would vote for the Republican candidate compared to 37.7 percent for the Democrat. 

​Last week, Republican Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer, stunned Democrat Terry McAuliffe to win the gubernatorial race in Virginia – a state Biden won by 10 percentage points last year. ​

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was elected to a second term, but only by narrowly defeating his Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. Biden took New Jersey last November by 16 percentage points. 

The president said Monday that he was holding out hope that the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal that passed the House Friday, along with the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that cleared Congress in March and the provisions in the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better social spending package would eventually lift his poll numbers. 

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President Biden is hopeful his infrastructure and social spending programs will lift his sinking poll numbers.
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“I think all that’s going to have a significant impact on ordinary Americans and ​the ​households I came from​​,” he predicted. 

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