Big-Time Buyer’s Remorse for Biden Voters
If they knew then what they know now, Donald Trump would still be president.
Welp, that didn’t take long. Just seven months into Joe Biden’s first — and, we’ll go out on a limb, last — term as president, a significant share of his voters are wishing they had a do-over.
According to a new Rasmussen poll, 9% of Democrats now regret their vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. The same is true for 14% of blacks, 11% of voters ages 18-39, and 12% of self-identified moderates — which is a term savvy pollsters use to identify Democrats who are too embarrassed to admit they’re Democrats.
Rasmussen also asked how folks would vote if a new presidential election were held today. The results? Just 37% said they’d vote for Joe Biden, down from 45% who said they did vote for him back in November.
Like we said earlier this week: No one ever went broke betting on the gullibility of the American electorate.
In any case, those numbers represent some serious buyer’s remorse, especially when we take into account the inherent shyness of folks to admit they screwed up on a matter of such consequence. Put it this way: If your irrational hatred for Donald Trump compelled you to ignore his unequivocally prosperous America First agenda and instead vote for a washed-up America Last backslapper named Joe Biden, a guy about whom even Barack Obama warned, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f— things up,” would you fess up such an appalling lapse of judgment to a total stranger?
Didn’t think so. So those numbers, then, are actually worse than they appear.
This week began poorly enough for Scranton Joe, and it went downhill from there. Afghanistan went from bad to worse to unmitigated disaster, and there it joined a bevy of bad things for which Biden bears responsibility: the never-ending border crisis, the spike in gas prices, the continued shuttering of schools, the runaway inflation, and the drunken-sailoresque spending among them.
All this makes us wonder, though: Just how many things can one guy screw up in just seven short months?
The American people also feel it in their bones, with Rasmussen’s right-track, wrong-track index weighing nearly two to one against Biden: When asked about our prospects as a nation, 63% said we’re heading in the wrong direction, while only 33% approve of the direction we’re headed. The RealClearPolitics polling data shows a similar spike in American pessimism. Not good — not for Biden, and not for the rest of us.
Folks are feeling it locally, too, and in unexpected places. Take deep-blue Connecticut, for example, where earlier this week a relatively unknown Republican named Ryan Fazio won a state senate seat in a district that Biden had carried last November by 25 points. Never let it be said that Biden doesn’t have coattails.
Seven months down, and 41 more to go. Who’s betting our 46th president will finish out his term?
UPDATE: Biden’s popularity continues to slide, and his RealClearPolitics polling average now has him underwater, with 46.6 approving and 48.9 disapproving. And he’s well under water in a more recent poll from USA Today and Suffolk University, with 41% favorable and 55% unfavorable.
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