Introduction: As the Biden Administration approaches its two-year anniversary, it is clear that the President has faced both successes and challenges. In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, it was revealed that four in ten Americans say they’ve gotten worse off financially since Joe Biden became president. This has caused a political fallout and a tight hypothetical Biden/Trump rematch next year, with opinions on the two leaders being largely negative. In this blog post, we will explore the poll’s results and the implications they have on the upcoming election.
Paragraph 1: The poll reveals that the biggest hit on Biden is the economy, with 41 percent saying they’re not as well off financially since he took office. This is the most in nearly three dozen ABC/Post polls to ask the question since 1986. Comparatively, just two years into Trump’s presidency, far fewer – 13 percent – said they’d gotten worse off. Additionally, Biden’s overall job performance rating, 42-53 percent, approve-disapprove, has been under water since September 2021.
Paragraph 2: Responses to a hypothetical Trump victory also were negative overall, but less so, 56-43 percent. Biden loses slightly more of his base – 26 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would be unhappy if he were re-elected, compared with 20 percent of Republicans and GOP leaners who’d feel that way about a Trump win. Trump occupies somewhat more space at the emotional extremes, with 17 percent being enthusiastic about his winning another term and 36 percent being angry.
Paragraph 3: Biden outpoints Trump on another measure – their apparent mishandling of classified government documents. Forty-five percent of adults think Trump intentionally did something illegal in his handling of classified documents after he left office as president, while only 27 percent say the same about Biden after his vice presidency. Inflation peaked at 9.1 percent in last June, a 40-year high, and has produced widespread economic pain.
Conclusion: The poll results reveal that Biden has faced a difficult two years in office, with economic struggles and negative public sentiment towards his potential re-election. However, Biden outpoints Trump on the handling of classified government documents, and he still stands a chance in a hypothetical Biden/Trump rematch next year. With the election still a year away, the public’s opinion of the two leaders may change, and it will be interesting to see how the polls shift as the election draws closer.