President Joe Biden’s presidency is not going as smoothly as he probably hoped it would. Only 43% of respondents in a survey conducted between Sept. 13-19 believe the phrase “mentally sharp” describes Biden “well.” This represents an 11-point drop from March when Pew found 54% of respondents said “mentally sharp” was a fitting descriptor for the president.
On top of the border crisis, cratering approval numbers, infighting among congressional Democrats, incompetent federal health officials bumbling their way through the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaotic, disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan, there’s also a growing consensus the president is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, according to new Pew Research Center polling data. A majority of respondents (56%) in Pew’s most recent survey said “mentally sharp” either describes him as “not at all well” or “not too well.”
As if the steep decline in public opinion of the president’s smarts was not embarrassing enough, it turns out Biden’s mental acuity specifically is where Pew found the sharpest drop in all of his polled personal characteristics.
“Positive evaluations of several of Biden’s personal traits and characteristics have shown similar decreases,” Pew reports. “Compared with March, fewer adults say Biden cares about people like them, and fewer describe him as standing up for his beliefs, honest, a good role model and mentally sharp.” It adds, “Biden receives his least positive assessments for being mentally sharp. Currently, 43% say this describes Biden very or fairly well, an 11-point decline since March.”
Put more simply, the longer the president is in office, the dumber people think he is. And it’s likely not because of any single issue. The White House is the major leagues, as a former vice president, of all people, ought to know. His every move and action is now under scrutiny. He has to think on his feet and respond in real-time to real-life crises. The public can see now how Biden comports himself as the commander in chief. It’s not just a theoretical game anymore. He can’t just promise to do better than the last guy. He is actually expected to deliver and to deliver competently and efficiently.
So far, the public apparently isn’t impressed.
And There’s “Iowa”
Every national politician understands that Iowa is a pivotal stop on the campaign trail every four years. Many a would-be President has seen their trip to the White House cut short in Iowa due to a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.
President Biden no doubt has the best recognition of any of the former and to-come Democrat presidential candidate wannabe’s. Even if Hillary would dust off her dancing shoes and decide to take another shot, it is doubtful she could edge Biden in Iowa. (I don’t know: that’s just a “thought,” certainly not a “fact.”) That is, of course, assuming Biden will run for re-election in 2024. And his run in 2024 is based on the thought that he’ll even finish his first term!
Here’s where Iowans are right now regarding their President for his job performance so far. To be succinct: Joe ain’t doing too good!
- In a new poll, 62% of Iowans said they disapprove of Joe Biden’s job performance as president.
- In addition, 60% disapprove of his handling of the COVID pandemic, and 69% disapprove of his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
- “This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Des Moines Register.
In the Sept. 12-15 telephone survey, conducted for the Des Moines Register and Mediacom by Selzer & Co., 805 Iowans over age 18 were asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?”
- Only 31% said they approved while 62% said they disapproved, another 7% were “not sure.”
- When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the COVID-19 pandemic,” only 36% said they approved. Sixty percent said they disapproved, and 4% were “not sure.”
- On the Afghanistan withdrawal, only 22% said they approved of the job Biden had done; 69% said they disapproved, and 8% were “not sure.”
- On the economy, only 32% said they approved of Biden’s performance, and 62% said they disapproved.
- When asked about Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate for workers in the private sector (businesses with more than 100 employees), 52% said they oppose it, 45% said they favor it, and 2% were not sure.
- In addition, 53% of Iowans said they oppose businesses “requiring their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”
And We Americans
Do any of the findings from these two separate and independent polling entities surprise you? Remember: these are in the VERY early-going in the trek ahead to 2024. And in between today and then are those onerous 2022 midterm elections. Many political election “experts” (I always put the word “experts” in quotation marks to highlight the fact that most “experts” are not experts at all. Therefore, their opinions need to relate to who they are — and only a few — if any — are true “Experts”)
Think about this: I know of not a single American who, in honesty, would relate to you if asked a personal opinion that supports what’s happening at the southern border. Further, the same holds for a question asking for their opinion regarding the debacle in the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
And then, there are the bills pending before Congress. How can anyone with a conscience fully support this $3.5 trillion reconciliation budget bill under any circumstances? You DO know that this voluminous piece of legislation has yet been given to lawmakers for their analysis and educated consideration!
The same holds for the “little” piece of legislation being considered: what Pelosi calls “a bipartisan infrastructure bill” that has less than half of its $1.2 trillion+ contents that pertain directly to “infrastructure.”
Pelosi wants them both to be “considered” in the House of Representatives this week!
The fact that Joe Biden would not only support these two mountainous pieces of killer legislation under these circumstances reeks of desperation — desperation to get them passed before Democrats lose their majority in both the House and Senate in the midterm elections. And that is looking more likely every day.
Most voters are against the $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” budget bill now pending in Congress and oppose raising the national debt ceiling.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 36% of Likely U.S. Voters support passage of the $3.5 trillion spending bill that currently has Congress deadlocked. That includes 23% who Strongly Support the passage of the reconciliation bill. Fifty-three percent (53%) are opposed to the passage of the $3.5 trillion spending measure, including 41% who Strongly Oppose the passage. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.
But there’s more…
There’s this “Border Thing”
A majority of voters blame President Joe Biden for the migrant crisis at the Mexico border and rate him “poor” on his handling of immigration. Most voters also give the media poor ratings for their coverage of America’s immigration problems.
- A new online survey finds that just 13% of Likely U.S. Voters rate Biden as excellent in handling issues related to immigration.
- Another 17% rate his handling of immigration as good, and 15% say Biden is doing a fair job on immigration. However, 52% rate Biden’s handling of immigration issues as poor. Biden’s ratings on immigration have worsened since April when 50% of voters rated his handling of immigration as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
- Seventy percent (70%) of voters say the current situation with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is a crisis – up from 66% in May – while 21% don’t believe the border situation is a crisis.
I know: there are many percentages for one to process in this story. But all of us need to understand that we are not the only Americans asking these questions of those in the Biden Administration. And we don’t comprehend how this president can portray his presidency as anything but abhorrent and appalling.
Democrats in Congress genuinely feel that way brings a feeling of fear that I cannot shake. It’s found a home in the pit of my stomach. That ANY leader(s) would TRY to reconcile all of this lawlessness and callous rejection of the Rule of Law, yet alone EMBRACES all this as if they are the epitome of a utopian America that moves our nation FORWARD when they actually push us toward a precipice from which I see no positive resolution.
Do you honestly feel that Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, and even Kamala Harris sincerely feel these actions will make this nation better?
Be thankful for this one thing: most of our fellow Americans feel the same way as you.
I’ll close this today with an example of what this Administration (and this entire government) feel the American people are: “Sheeple.”
What is the meaning of “Sheeple?” Sheeple is a derogatory term that highlights the passive herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power that likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about.
“How does a sheep act?” Simple: sheep cannot be driven from behind. Goats are moved around by their handlers from behind, as are cattle. Sheep (or “Sheeple”) must be “led” by a shepherd from the front, not “driven” by a hander from behind.
Biden et al. think Americans are “Sheeple” and that this Administration fashions itself as the nation’s “Shepherd.” But where Biden and Company miss it, sheep must be “led,” not “driven.” And Biden’s operating procedure in which he demands the “Sheeple” do what he says us to do isn’t “leading” — he’s trying to “drive” America’s sheep.
We’re NOT goats…and he’s NOT a shepherd.
Most Americans are looking for the “new” Moses to lead them from Egypt to Canaan.
Joe Biden is FAR from being Moses and certainly not a shepherd.
But he might be a good “goat-herder!”