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9 September 2023 - 00:41
Poll: 58% Say Biden’s Policies Making Economy Worse

More than half of US adults believe President Joe Biden’s policies are making the economy worse, according to a new poll.

The CNN poll, released Thursday and conducted by SSRS, found 58 percent of US adults surveyed believe Biden’s policies have worsened economic conditions in the country, in comparison to 24 percent who believe his policies improved economic conditions. Eighteen percent said the president’s policies had no effect on the country’s economic conditions.

The poll also found Biden’s approval rating dropped to 38 percent, the lowest point since the poll began surveying his performance in March 2021. 

Fifty-eight percent said they have an unfavorable impression of the president, while 45 percent said he cares about people like them.

Stubborn inflation over the past two years and increasing interest rates from the Federal Reserve have prompted criticism of the Biden administration’s economic policies as voters report feeling little relief at home.  

The White House has continued in recent weeks to tout his so-called “Bidenomics” plan.

Earlier this week, the president penned an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, pointing to increasing wages, rising job satisfaction and restoring union pensions. 

Biden also claimed inflation is “near its lowest point in over two years”, in the wake of the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act — a sweeping economic legislation package that aimed to tackle inflation, increase jobs and decrease unemployment levels. 

According to the CNN survey, over half of Democrats are “seriously concerned” about Biden’s age negatively impacting a variety of factors, including his physical and mental competence and his ability to win the 2024 election.

It found 56 percent of Democrats — and 73 percent of Americans — are seriously concerned for Biden’s current level of physical and mental competence.

About 60 percent of Democrats expressed concern about his ability to win the 2024 election if he clinches the Democratic nomination.

When it comes to his ability to serve a full second term, another 62 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of Americans said they are seriously concerned.

Biden has faced criticism over his age since his 2020 campaign, which has continued throughout his time in the White House. At 80, Biden is oldest US president.

If reelected in 2024, he would be 86 at the end of his second term.  

Almost half of registered voters say any Republican presidential nominee would be a better choice than Biden, according to the poll.

The survey found that 46 percent of registered voters said any Republican presidential nominee would be better than Biden in next year’s election, while 32 percent said the sitting president would be a better choice than any of the GOP hopefuls. In comparison, 44 percent said that any Democratic nominee would be better than former President Donald Trump, while 38 percent said the former president is better than any Democratic nominee.

When asked about hypothetical match-ups between Biden and one of the major GOP candidates, there was no clear leader in most of the polls, except for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. When matched up against Biden, Haley led 49 percent to 43 percent.

No other GOP presidential candidate, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis or Trump, showed more than a 2-point margin in the matchup with Biden.

The poll also found that 67 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters wish they had an alternative to Biden. The two candidates running against him — author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr — both polled at 1 percent.

Declining shares of the Democratic base see him as inspiring confidence, which stands at 51 percent, down 19 points since March. Declining numbers of Democrats also see him as having the stamina and sharpness to serve effectively as president, which is now at 49 percent — down 14 points since March.

Also about 2 in 3 Democratic-aligned voters say that they would like to see a different nominee than Biden, the survey found.

Sixty-seven percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters surveyed in the poll said they would like their party to nominate someone other than Biden — which is up from the 54 percent who said the same in March. Out of those who would like to see a different candidate, 82 percent said that they would prefer any candidate besides the sitting president.

Eighteen percent listed a specific alternative to Biden, but just 1 percent, respectively, said they would support one of Biden’s primary challengers.

The poll also found that Democratic support for seeing Biden as inspiring confidence has dropped 19 points since March and now stands at 51 percent. Declining numbers of Democratic-aligned voters also see him as having the stamina and sharpness to serve effectively as president, which is now at 49 percent and down 14 points since March.

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