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Independents Sour On Biden as His Popularity Hits a New Low

President Biden is suffering mightily at the polls. Let's go over 10 reasons why.
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Poll PBS News Hour Biden 2021-12-21

PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll

Biden's popularity is plunging according to a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.

As President Joe Biden heads into the end of the year, he’s facing a sour reality: The number of Americans who approve of his performance has hit a new low. Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job he has been doing as president, according to a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll. Support among independents alone dropped eight points in a week.

Overall, more than half – 55 percent – of Americans disapprove of Biden’s performance, including 44 percent who strongly disapprove. His disapproval ratings have jumped 20 points since he took office, reaching a record high this month. The number who strongly disapprove jumped 6 points since a Marist poll conducted just one week earlier.

Perhaps the most alarming drop for the White House and Democrats heading into the midterm election year is Biden’s support among independents. Two-thirds of independent voters disapprove of Biden, including half who strongly disapprove. Both numbers are up at least 30 points since he took office. Just 29 percent of independents approve of his job performance.

“The independents were the major difference” in this poll, Miringoff said. “The one good thing [for Biden] about losing independents and not doing as well with Democrats is those are groups you can win back.”

538 - How Unpopular is Joe Biden?

How Unpopular is Joe Biden 2021-12021

The above compilation is from FiveThirtyEight

Polls Are No Surprise

The polls are no surprise in this corner and should not be in any corner. 

Eight Reasons 

  1. Inflation is soaring 
  2. Supply chains still disrupted
  3. Vice President Kamala Harris suffers from staff resignations and infighting
  4. Biden's vaccine mandates are constitutionally questionable
  5. Build Back Better is a massive failure of political overreach 
  6. Progressives have hijacked Biden's agenda and Elizabeth Warren appears to be making key policy decisions
  7. Immigration mess 
  8. Another outbreak of Covid is underway 
  9. Critical Race Theory
  10. Woke policies in general 
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What About 2022 Midterms?

Independents swung the election for Biden in 2020 but signal disaster for the Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.

Polls can change of course, but even if inflation abates, that's not the same as prices going down.

And if for any reason the stock market sinks (overvaluation correction or rate hikes by the Fed), that will add to voter misery.

Finally, Republicans have a cohesive anti-woke, anti-CRT, anti-Cancel Culture strategy. Independents have had enough and even some Democrats have finally had enough. 

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