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August 23, 2021

Even the Democrat-Skewed NBC and CBS Polls Now Shows Biden Below 50% in Job Approval


After a spike in U.S. Covid-19 cases and bipartisan criticism over the chaos from America's withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden's overall job-approval rating has dipped below 50 percent among adults for the first time in his early presidency, according to a new NBC News poll.

The poll also finds fewer Americans support Biden's handling of the coronavirus and the economy now than they did last spring, and just a quarter of respondents approve of his handling of Afghanistan.

The survey findings demonstrate the public has grown more pessimistic about the coronavirus since April, the country remains split over whether Covid-19 vaccines should be mandated and an electorate is divided over which political party should control Congress after the 2022 midterms.

It's all produced a "summer of discontent" for Biden, said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

"The promise of April has led to the peril of August," Horwitt said, arguing that Covid -- more than Afghanistan -- has dented Biden’s numbers. "It is the domestic storm, Covid's delta wave, that is causing more difficulties at this stage here at home and for President Biden."

McInturff agrees.

"The best way to understand this poll is to forget Afghanistan," he said.

According to the survey, 49 percent of adults approve of Biden’s overall job performance, while 48 percent disapprove.

That's down from April's NBC News poll, when 53 percent of adults approved of Biden's job and 39 percent disapproved -- with some of the biggest declines for Biden coming from independents, rural residents and white respondents.

Among a narrower sample of registered voters, Biden’s current job rating stands at 50 percent approve, 48 percent disapprove -- down from April, when it was 51 percent approve, 43 percent disapprove.

Note the primary poll figures are of "all adults," which skews very Democrat, and even the narrower subsample of "registered voters" skews very Democrat. Even likely voters skew Democrat -- at least as far as leftwing polls' samples are constructed. And they're not even bothering with that one yet.

Of course, they'll never have to do the likely voter polls, which they only do six months before an election. Biden is not running again. I don't even think he'll make it to the miderms.

But the Democrat Party will stand for reelection in 2022. And it doesn't look too good for them. Via RedState, support for Congressional Democrats is also falling.

From NBC:

Forty-seven percent of registered voters prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress, while 46 percent want Republicans in charge. (That's down from the Democrats' 5-point advantage on this question in April.)

A CBS poll finds that while most Americans still support the withdrawal from Afghanistan -- not even a shithole country, but an Assistant Shithole Country in Training -- 74% say that the withdrawal was executed badly.

44% say the withdraw was handled "very badly." Another 30% say it was handled "somewhat badly."

Approval for his handling of the withdrawal fell from 60% approve, 40% disapprove in July to 47% approve, 53% disapprove now. A 13% swing from approve to disapprove.

Independents have turned against him on his handling of the withdrawal:


Meanwhile, his overall approval fell 8% both ways, from 58% approve (supposedly) in July, 42% disapprove, to 50% approve, 50% disapprove now.

A trio of questions which seem like proxies for questions about Biden's cognitive health show the public doubting his rotten brains:


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