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A former Clinton pollster is calling Joe Biden‘s re-election ‘virtually impossible’ as the president faces a historic low approval rating of 33 percent that is even worse among Independents and Republicans.
Biden’s approval with Independents is 26 percent and just a paltry three percent of Republicans say he is doing a good job.
‘These are spectacularly low numbers,’ said Mark Penn, the founder of PSB Insights and a former Hillary Clinton campaign pollster.
‘To really get down to it, only a third being favorable and in the 20s on independents, of course makes [Biden’s] reelection a virtual impossibility.
‘The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up,’ Penn said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News.
Biden has faced multiple crises during his first year in office, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to inflation and surging gas prices, which the Biden administration has blamed on ‘Putin’s Price Hike’ after the US sanctioned Russian oil companies in response to the invasion on Ukraine.
Penn says the president has had more than enough time to build goodwill with the American people.
‘The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up. And frankly, they’ve had month after month here to do something to turn around on inflation, on immigration, on Ukraine, on crime. And they just haven’t done it.’
Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn called reelection ‘virtually impossible’ for Joe Biden as he faces a low approval rating of 33 percent, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll
Speaking on Fox News on Thursday, former George W. Bush speechwriter Mark Thiessen (left) said Biden faces a ‘perfect trifecta’ of opposition on Ukraine, inflation and his presidency
The Democratic president is seen in a drastically different light depending on respondents’ political affiliation
The Quinnipiac poll, which shows an approval of 33 percent, is on the lower end of recent polling. A FiveThirtyEight aggregate poll shows an approval rating of 41.5 percent
Penn, who has become a staunch supporter of former president Donald Trump in recent years, said the administration has to ‘signal big changes’ in energy and ‘OK some pipelines.’
He added: ‘On immigration, they’ve got to close the border and signal they really want comprehensive immigration reform. Bring that back. Be a leader in that.
‘On crime, they need to show that, look, if local DAs won’t do the job, the feds will step in.
‘They should back another 100,000 cops like we did in the Clinton administration.
‘And in the Ukraine, be definitive, send the jets.’
Biden’s approval stands at 33 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
This is the second time Biden has been rated this low in this particular survey, with the first time occurring in January.
The Democratic president is seen in a drastically different light depending on respondents’ political affiliation, with independents giving him an approval rating of 26 percent.
Seventy-six per cent of Democrats, on the other hand, approve of the job Biden is doing, while just 12 percent disapprove. At the same time, just 3 percent of Republicans surveyed approve of the job Biden is doing, while a whopping 94 percent disapprove.
Biden gets graded slightly higher when Americans were asked specifically about his handling of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.
Thirty nine percent of Americans said they approved of Biden’s handling of the response, while another 48 percent disapprove.
The consumer price index increased 8.5% in March from a year ago, a 41-year high
Americans, generally, want the US to do more – with 68 percent agreeing that the US has a moral responsibility to do more to stop Russian forces from killing civilians in Ukraine. Another 24 percent disagree with that statement.
Seventy-four per cent of Americans said they believed that the worst is yet to come in Ukraine.
Mark Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, told Fox that the war in Ukraine is just one of the factors affecting Biden’s chance at another term.
‘He’s facing a perfect trifecta here where people disapprove of his handling of the inflation, they disapprove of his handling of Ukraine and they disapprove of his presidency. That is deadly for him.’
The Quinnipiac survey is on the lower end of recent polling on Biden’s approval rating.
On Thursday, Biden flew to North Carolina to tout efforts to strengthen supply chains as he seeks to fight back from opinion polls.
After visiting Iowa on Tuesday, it marks his heaviest week of domestic travel for months.
And six months out from midterm elections, it is part of a gamble that the White House can break through voter skepticism with smaller, granular announcements after ditching last year’s bold talk of a transformational agenda, which ultimately failed to make it through Congress.
The visit was part of an effort to apply pressure on Congress to approve the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which aims to increase funding for domestic production of semiconductors.
During a speech in Greensboro on Thursday, Biden looked lost again after speaking on the nation’s ongoing supply chain crisis.
Biden visited Greensboro, North Carolina, to see North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as part of an effort to apply pressure on Congress to approve the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which aims to increase funding for domestic production of semiconductors
Biden told the crowd that 70 percent of U.S. inflation could be blamed on Russian Leader Vladimir Putin
He turned around and stuck his hand out as if to shake hands – but there was no one else on stage.
The 79-year-old president claimed before the handshake fiasco that he had served as a ‘full professor’ at the University of Pennsylvania despite never teaching a class at the school, in yet another gaffe that has Republicans questioning Biden’s cognitive abilities.
Last week, Biden looked disoriented during an event that saw former President Barack Obama visit the White House for the first time since leaving office.
Footage from the Thursday event shows Biden ending the speech in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the signoff ‘God bless you all’ before turning to his right and seemingly saying something to the empty space behind him and miming a handshake.
The Democrat proceeds to frantically look around the stage with a bewildered look on his face before beginning to wander aimlessly around the crowded auditorium.
Biden is facing multiple issues ahead of this year’s midterms and a possible run for reelection in 2024.
Inflation, one key issue affecting Biden’s chances, has hit a 41-year high of 8.5 percent.
The inflation data released on Tuesday is the first report to capture the full effect of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which sent gas prices skyrocketing 49 percent in March, compared to the same time a year ago.
Rising housing costs, which make up about a third of the consumer price index, are also fueling inflation as rents soar across the country.
The latest data showed the price of basic necessities rising sharply, with groceries up 10 percent from a year ago, rent rising 4.4 percent, clothing up 6.8 percent, and energy costs rising 32 percent.
Biden also claimed that he used to be a ‘full professor’ at the University of Pennsylvania
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during Monday’s briefing that the White House expected ‘headline inflation to be extraordinarily elevated due to Putin ‘s price hike.’
Inflation has become a top political threat to Biden and congressional Democrats as the crucial November midterm elections draw closer. Small business owners now say in surveys that it’s their primary economic concern, too.
Though Biden insists that his policies aren’t to blame for soaring prices, Republican critics have been quick to point the finger at his administration and Democrats in Congress.
‘Prices are up, real wages are down, and families and small businesses are being left behind in Biden’s economy,’ said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a statement responding to the latest inflation reading.
‘Democrats’ reckless spending and failed policies have crushed Americans, and they don’t seem to care. Voters do care, and they will be sending a message in November,’ added McDaniel.
White House economic advisor Jesse Lee responded in a tweet saying that Republicans who blame Biden for inflation are ‘fully in lockstep’ with Putin.