President Joe Biden has pushed the presidency to a place it hasn’t been in nearly 50 years.
In the latest Gallup poll, less than a quarter of those surveyed have “confidence” in the presidency, worse than during the Trump presidency and nearly as bad as the end of the George W. Bush presidency.
Going back to 1975, Gallup has never recorded a confidence reading as low as Biden’s 23%.
“The largest declines in confidence are 11 percentage points for the Supreme Court — as reported in late June before the court issued controversial rulings on gun laws and abortion — and 15 points for the presidency, matching the 15-point drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since the last confidence survey in June 2021,” said Gallup.
“All three party groups are much less confident in the presidency than they were a year ago, showing declines of at least 10 points,” added the polling outfit of its annual confidence survey.
And it’s not much better for the court or Congress, also at historic low confidence levels, joining TV news and newspapers in the cellar. “This year’s poll marks new lows in confidence for all three branches of the federal government — the Supreme Court (25%), the presidency (23%) and Congress,” said the pollster.
More than just another bad poll for Biden, Gallup was another sign of the nation’s feelings about the lackluster president, and it comes during a building wave of anti-Biden sentiment from Democrats.
For example, in his daily blog, political analyst Mark Halperin played up reports of Democratic dissatisfaction with the president and calls by liberal leaders and celebrities to either energize his agenda or get out of the way.
“Nearly every political and substantive domestic problem of the Biden administration is on vivid display in this news cycle,” he said in steering his readers to reports about the president’s woes.
“The overall bill of particulars is long, and includes: the president’s habit of yelling at staffers is being imitated by senior aides shouting at more junior ones; the White House is slow to react to crises and Republican attacks (if it reacts at all); Mr. Biden is uninspiring; administration officials are exhausted and it shows,” said Halperin.
It should be no surprise, then, that a new Rasmussen Reports poll coming out this morning said that a record low percentage of likely voters want Biden to run for reelection.
Back to Gallup, the nation’s leading pollster shared a view rarely seen in its down-the-middle analysis. In its “Bottom Line,” Gallup suggested that confidence in Washington may never return.
“The confidence crisis extends beyond political institutions at a time when a near record-low 13% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. Confidence in institutions is unlikely to improve until the economy gets better — but it is unclear if confidence will ever get back to the levels Gallup measured in decades past, even with an improved economy,” it said.