President Joe Biden received negative polling news this week as a large majority of Americans described him as weak, potentially complicating his 2024 election plans.
According to a recent Economist/YouGov poll, 70% of independent voters described the president as “somewhat weak” or “very weak.”
Overall, 60% of the American public agrees, including 25% of Democrats and 88% of Republicans.
Only 33% of Democrats and 15% of the total population described the president as “very strong.” Just 40% of the general population described the president as very or somewhat strong.
The large majority signals that even a large share of those who voted for Biden in 2020 may have doubts about his leadership ability.
Other portions of the poll were even worse for Biden. Both Biden and former President Trump were tied with 41% in a general election match-up, but Trump edged Biden among independents 36-32%.
On the world stage, Biden is widely viewed as buffoonish, gaffe-prone and increasingly senile.
On every front, the world’s superpower is in disarray.https://t.co/W1jfAU7Fyv
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) April 27, 2023
The negative public opinion news comes as other polls show that many Americans do not approve of Biden’s presidency.
The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average has Biden more than ten points underwater. Fewer than 43% of Americans now approve of the president’s job performance.
More than 53% disapprove of Biden’s tenure in the White House. The negative numbers come as Biden announced that he would seek another term in office. Two other candidates, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson, have announced that they would challenge the president in the Democratic primary.
Biden, who is already the oldest president in the country’s history, would be 86 years old when he leaves office should he win another term.
The news also comes as Biden has shown signs of confusion in public. When asked how many grandchildren he had, Biden said he had six. The president either intentionally disowned an illegitimate child of his son Hunter Biden, or forgot the true number.
The president also appeared to forget about his recent high-profile trip to Ireland. When asked about the last foreign country he visited, Biden appeared to be stumped.
The president gave a meandering answer prior to being reminded of his recent trip.