A poll released on Sunday shows a record number of Americans believe they are in a worse financial situation since Joe Biden assumed office. According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, 41% of respondents claimed to be in a worse financial condition. In comparison, only 16% said they were better off.
The results are remarkably different from those when the same question was asked about President Donald Trump’s administration, where 25% of respondents claimed to be better off, and only 13% were worse off. The poll also found that in a hypothetical match-up between the last two presidents, Trump would win over Biden, 48% to 44%.
Biden economic adviser Brian Deese falsely claims an ABC poll shows that “2/3 of Americans say that their circumstances are better.”
FACT: Only 16% said their economic situation was better. A record high of 41% said they were worse off with the rest saying about the same. pic.twitter.com/HFjdp0KCOs
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 6, 2023
The poll results have added to the ongoing debate within the Democratic Party about Biden’s potential reelection in 2024. The president’s age is a factor that might discourage voters from supporting his reelection campaign. The poll showed that only 44% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents support Biden as the party’s nominee for 2023, with 49% supporting someone else.
Additionally, the poll showed that 53% of Americans disapproved of Biden’s job performance, and only 42% approved. Regarding the 2024 presidential election, 62% of Americans said they would be disappointed or angry if Biden were to be re-elected, while only 36% said they would be enthusiastic or satisfied.
Only 31% of Democrats and independents who lean Democrat said they believe Biden should be the party’s 2024 nominee. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 44% said President Trump should be the GOP nominee.
Biden has yet to make any formal announcement about his intentions for 2024. However, he has been sending out signals indicating he intends to run again despite the feelings most Americans now have about his administration. For example, he told a group of Democrat activists last week: “We’re just getting started, and I intend to get more done.”
Many observers have said Biden’s performance in this week’s State of the Union address could be critically important to his viability as the Democratic nominee next year.
President Trump is the only announced candidate on the Republican side, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley expected to announce her candidacy for the GOP nomination in South Carolina on February 15.