Numerous Democrats in the U.S. Senate have publicly expressed their frustrations at Joe Biden’s falling poll numbers, with just over one year to go before the 2024 election.
According to The Hill, some senators went on-the-record with their concerns, while others remained anonymous. One senator who spoke out publicly is Montana Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who said “you got to be concerned about those poll numbers. You just do.”
“There’s plenty of time to get them back up,” Tester added. “Whether he can or not, I just don’t know but you got to be concerned.”
Another Democrat who remained anonymous said that polling trends reflect the sentiments expressed during their “miscellaneous encounters” with constituents over the August recess, who expressed worry over Biden’s increasing age and frequent displays of what appears to be senile behavior.
“There’s just no enthusiasm,” the senator said. “It does pretty much come down to ‘Well, he’s done a pretty good job, but he’s just too old.’”
Some Democrats blamed Biden’s poor performance on what they consider to be voters’ failure to understand how the economy works. Senator John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) claimed that the current economic situation is much better than most voters believe it to be, saying that “they think inflation is still running away. Inflation has come from 9% to 3, now 3.5%.”
“It’s, relatively speaking, under control,” Hickenlooper continued. “Now we’re not at 2%, but we’re darn close.” He described voters’ current perception of the economy as “frustrating.”
“What can you do? You have to continue to try and find fresh ways of talking about this,” he added. “I think we have to find some fresh ways of letting people know that the reality of what we’re seeing is a little short of a miracle.”
The various reactions and accompanying statements come after a poll from CNN and SSRS, which shows almost every Republican candidate defeating Biden in a general election matchup; this includes former President Donald Trump, who leads with 47% to Biden’s 46%. The only two candidates who did not best Biden
In the hypothetical matchups are Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who ties with Biden at 47% each, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (R-Ohio), who is one point behind Biden, at 45% to Biden’s 46%.
President Trump’s approval ratings and overall polling numbers have continued to rise steadily despite four different indictments against him, with the public perception being that the charges are political in nature rather than legal. As such, he has increased his lead over the rest of the GOP field to approximately 40 points, and is widely held by most polling as the strongest candidate to face off against Biden in November of 2024.