We’ve been told that Joe Biden racked up the biggest vote total in presidential-election history. After all, 81 million Americans voted for him in 2020.
After Tuesday’s State of the Union address, one wonders where they all went.
Based on the television rating, Biden’s speech was an unmitigated disaster, although it reflected the low state of his current job-approval polls.
Media reports in the wake of the speech cited the number in different ways.
Biden-friendly CNN, for example, noted that 71 percent of people who watched the speech had a “positive” reaction to it.
But here’s the rub. That was seven percentage points below Biden’s first speech to Congress a year ago.
More importantly, CNN found that among those who reacted positively, 41 percent of them “reacted very positively.” That figure was seven points below both Barack Obama and Donald Trump when they gave their first SOTUs. Additionally, CNN noted, that it “matches the previous low in CNN’s speech reaction polls dating back to 1998.”
And that was despite the fact that the ratio of Democrats to Republicans was 11 points higher. Meanwhile, the New York Post looked at the raw numbers.
And it turned out that Biden drew 38 million viewers. That, the Post reported, was “the lowest viewing figures for a commander-in-chief’s first SOTU in at least 30 years.”
In comparison, Trump attracted 45.5 million, Obama snagged 48 million, while George W. Bush got nearly 52 million to tune in.
Interestingly, Fox News Channel drew the biggest audience for the big speech, averaging 7.2 million viewers. Fox said that was the biggest audience it has ever had for a Democratic president.
Still, where did those millions of Biden voters go?