Last December, the I&I/TIPP poll asked registered voters who they’d like to see on the Democratic ticket in 2024. A shockingly low 37% of Democrats named President Joe Biden. If Biden didn’t run for reelection, only 16% wanted Vice President Kamala Harris to be on the ballot.
The findings, we said at the time, are “a devastating sign of Biden’s weakening support within his own party.” (Google’s content police found the results so upsetting that they labeled our article accurately reporting the poll results as “unreliable and harmful.”)
In the months following that poll, Biden gave his State of the Union speech, Russia invaded Ukraine, and COVID receded as a threat.
Under normal circumstances, these events, along with ginned-up positive news from corporate media, would boost a president’s approval rating. At least they’d shore up support among his base.
Yet, when we asked the same question of voters this month, Biden’s devastating numbers got shockingly lower.
Our April I&I/TIPP poll found that only 29% of Democrats want Biden on the ticket in 2024, and only 12% want Harris.
Overall, less than one in five adults (19%) now say they want Biden on the ticket, down from 22% in December.
Other polls show similar dismal results.
Biden’s approval rating in the RealClearPolitics average of polls is just 41%. That’s below where Trump was at the same point in his presidency (he was at 42% approval). The difference is that Trump’s approval rating was edging up while Biden’s has been steadily declining since he took office.
Biden is losing support among the young (just 41% of 18-29 year-olds approve of the job he’s doing, down 18 points from a year ago), blacks (down 30 points from last July), and Hispanics (41% of whom now “strongly disapprove” of the job he’s doing).
Just 28.3% of the public thinks the country is headed in the right direction, according to the RCP average, which is lower than this reading ever registered during the Trump administration.
The question isn’t whether Biden can turn this around. In our view, it’s virtually impossible. Biden’s policies will continue to inflict harm on Americans. His signs of dementia grow increasingly worrisome. The leaders in his administration are uniformly incompetent. None of that is going to change any time soon, if ever.
The question is, what are we supposed to do before Biden’s term is (mercifully) up? Run him out of office and the country would be stuck with an even more horrifyingly inept Kamala Harris.
Here’s one idea: Biden could pull a Nixon – dump Harris, name someone who is at least nominally qualified to hold the office of vice president, then resign. Too bad he’d never have the presence of mind to do such a thing, nor would his controllers allow it.
When Trump was president, the left was in a constant state of panic about the horrible things he was supposedly going to unleash. None of that ever came to pass. Not even close.
But with Biden at the helm, we really do have something to worry about. The nation has survived tremendous trials over the past 246 years. But we’re not sure it’s ever been in worse hands than it is right now – and will be for the next 33 months.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board