Brutal new poll shows Biden losing to Trump

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President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Patrick Semansky/AP

Brutal new poll shows Biden losing to Trump

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On the eve of his second State of the Union address, a new poll shows a majority of adults disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job as president and don’t believe he has accomplished anything.

Even worse for Biden, a record high number of adults say they are worse off financially today than when Biden became president, a majority of Democrats don’t want him to run for reelection, and given the choice between Biden and former President Donald Trump, more voters choose Trump than Biden.

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The only bright light in the poll for Biden is that people have an even lower opinion of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

ABC News and the Washington Post interviewed over 1,000 adults between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1. The poll found that 42% approved of Biden’s job as president compared to 53% who disapproved. Asked if Biden had accomplished “a great deal, a good amount, not very much or little or nothing,” 62% chose “not very much” or “nothing,” while just 36% chose “a great deal” or “a good amount.”

Since 1986, ABC News has been asking people if they consider themselves “better off financially” now compared to when a president first entered office. A record high 42% said they were better off under Reagan in 1989, and 34% said they were better off under Clinton in 2000. But for Biden, just 16% say they are better off today than when he became president, and a record high 41% say they are “not as well off.”

Before President George H.W. Bush lost reelection in 1992, just 32% said they were “not as well off” than as compared to when Bush first became president.

Turning to 2024, among just Democrats, only 31% want Biden to run for reelection, whereas 58% want their party to nominate a different candidate. Among all voters, just 36% said they were enthusiastic about a second Biden term, while 62% said they would be dissatisfied. Finally, in a head-to-head rematch with Trump, Biden trails 48% to 44% among adults and 48% to 45% among registered voters.

A lot can happen between now and November of next year, but Biden’s weakness as an incumbent, especially in relation to George H.W. Bush’s relative strength at that time, should be ringing some major alarm bells in the White House.

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