Joe Biden was allegedly elected to bring the “adults” back to Washington, to return the country to “normalcy” after four years of tumult and chaos wrought by former President Donald Trump.
Yet almost 18 months into the Biden era, Americans are fed up.
Biden’s approval rating has not been above 40 percent for months and has dipped as low as 33 percent in some surveys. Recently, more than 70 percent of Americans said they don’t want him to run again in 2024, while an equal number say the country is on the “wrong track” with him in the White House.
Meanwhile, in poll after poll, Republicans continue to lead in generic balloting for the November elections, suggesting the GOP could retake both houses of Congress.
But perhaps most devastating for Biden is the resurgence of Trump, once and still the left’s most hated political figure.
A new survey by Harris Poll and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University put Trump on top of a list of 17 U.S. political figures in terms of favorability.
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Trump netted a 42 percent favorability rating, including 26 percent who gave him a “very favorable” review.
Left-wing Sen. Bernie Sanders was the runner-up at 40 percent. Former Vice President Mike Pence was third at 39 percent.
Biden finished fourth, at 38 percent.
Yet Trump’s “very favorable” number far outdistanced the rest of the field, which included politicians like Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, and as well as staunch liberals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hillary Clinton.
DeSantis placed second in the “very favorable” category, at 19 percent. Biden was third at 17 percent.
On the other side of the coin, Biden is not as unpopular as some of his fellow Democrats.
The highest unfavorability score went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was disliked by 56 percent of respondents. Biden came in second, at 54 percent, just below Clinton’s 53 percent.
In comparison, Trump was at 50 percent.
The poll was taken last week, after the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe. Wade and after the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson before the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.
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DeSantis actually fared well, as his overall rating was plus-6 favorable, the biggest margin. GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was the only other one in the survey above water, at plus-3.
The Harris-CAPS results align with a new poll by Emerson College. As The Hill reported on Friday, that survey found Trump beating Biden in a rematch by a 44-39 margin.
Breitbart News columnist John Nolte noted that Trump leads the pack despite all the media’s attempts to undermine him.
“On this 4th of July, despite all the lies and smears and kangaroo courts and billions of dollars in media propaganda, Donald Trump is the most popular politician in America. Suck on that, media,” Nolte wrote.