The Biden Administration received troubling news last week as NBC released its data showing that the Democratic Party has an increasing downward trajectory in polls.
According to a report in The Washington Examiner, NBC News national polling on Sunday demonstrated a negative trend that could make the 2022 midterm elections a sweep for Republicans.
Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd expanded on the findings Sunday, saying that it likely also gives a picture of the off-year Virginia governors race, which comes a year before the midterms:
“We have a brand new NBC News poll out this morning that’s filled with some scary news for the Democrats. The overarching message: Americans have lost their confidence in President Biden and their optimism for the country. At least, they have right now,” Todd said.
“Just 22% of adults say we’re headed in the right direction. A shocking 71% say we’re on the wrong track, and that includes a near majority of Democrats who are saying that. President Biden’s approval rating stands at a dismal 42%, versus 54% who disapprove,” he said.
The host demonstrated exactly how steep the discount is for the president, saying, “Believe it or not, just two months ago, Mr. Biden was in positive territory — 49% approving and 48% disapproving,” Todd added.
But the bad news didn’t stop there, as Todd parsed through all of Biden’s polling saying, “just 37% say he has the ability right now to handle a crisis, versus nearly a majority who say he does not. Thirty-seven percent also say he’s competent and effective as president. Fifty percent disagree with that description.”
“What’s more, Republicans, believe it or not, have double-digit leads in dealing with border security, inflation, crime, national security, the economy, and — shockingly — on getting things done. Democrats hold generally smaller double-digit leads on dealing with climate change, the coronavirus, education, and abortion, and that’s really it right now,” Todd said.
The host went on to say it’s unclear whether the Democrats’ social spending and infrastructure bill will assist Biden’s numbers or if “the damage to his reputation is more of a scar than a bruise.”
“But this much is clear: about the only good news for Mr. Biden and the Democrats in this poll is that the midterm elections aren’t for another year.”