President Joe Biden’s popularity has collapsed just months into his presidency, and the starkest example of this was the response to his first speech before a joint session of Congress — a speech which received a lower rating than both former President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama, according to a CNN instant poll.
CNN reported the comparison of Biden’s speech poll to previous presidents.
“The 51% who had a very positive reaction to Biden’s speech is a bit more muted than reaction to the first address from other recent presidents,” CNN noted.
“Barack Obama had the strongest first outing of the last four presidents, with 68% saying they had a very positive reaction to his speech, and George W. Bush in 2001 earned a similar 66% very positive. Fewer — 57% — had a very positive reaction to Donald Trump’s 2017 address,” the network added.
More than 70 percent of those who responded to the poll agreed “the speech made them feel more optimistic.” Just 29 percent claimed to be more pessimistic after the address.
According to The Washington Examiner, “CNN’s panel noted the poll had a biased sample, as all respondents were tuning in to Biden’s address, and those viewing the speech are more likely to be partisan supporters of the president’s than the U.S. population at large.”
Results for the full sample of speech watchers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) provided a Republican response to Biden’s speech. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” he said.
“It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination, and it’s wrong to use our painful past to honestly shut down debates in the present,” Scott added.