According to a newly released poll, the majority of Americans do not believe that the United States, under President Joe Biden's leadership, is heading in the right direction.
This, as we will see, is not the only bad news that the poll has for Biden's 2024 re-election campaign.
The poll comes from the Associated Press and NORC. The pollster surveyed 1,163 adults nationwide during a period from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, 2023. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
Among many other questions, the pollster asked participants whether they believe that the country is headed in the right direction under Biden's leadership.
The Associated Press reports, "Seventy-eight percent of adults believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, including 64% of Democrats and 95% of Republicans."
That is about as close to a bipartisan consensus that we could get in this country. But, the bad news does not stop there for Biden.
The Associated Press continues:
While almost evenly split over how they feel of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, most adults do not approve of his handling of the economy, student debt, or the federal budget. Biden’s overall approval rating stands at 38%. In the AP-NORC poll taken last month, his approval rating was 40%.
There is still more: A clear majority - 68% - of Americans say that Biden has either done something "illegal" or "unethical" with regard to his son's international business dealings.
Suffice it to say that these are not the sort of numbers that a president running for reelection would want to see.
Biden does still remain that favorite to win the Democratic Party's 2024 presidential nomination. Real Clear Politics currently has Biden leading his next closest rival, Robert Kennedy Jr., by a staggering 46.8 percentage points.
That being said, it has to be noted that Biden's numbers for the Democratic primary, like almost all of his other polling numbers, are headed in the wrong direction. Biden used to be leading Kennedy by a wider margin.
On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican field, leading his next closest rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by, on average, 45.4 percentage points. And, whereas Biden's numbers are headed in the wrong direction, Trump's have been headed in the right direction.
In the 2024 general election, Trump has a slight lead over Biden, by .8 percentage points. But, again, the polls make it clear that Trump is gaining ground, while Biden is losing it.
All in all, things are not looking good for Biden as 2024 approaches.