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Democrats Panicking Over Biden’s Poll Numbers and Voter Enthusiasm Gap

Democrats Panicking Over Biden’s Poll Numbers and Voter Enthusiasm Gap

“the atmosphere clearly is not promising for Democrats to buck historical trends”

The 2022 midterm elections are now just seven months away, and reality is beginning to set in for Democrats. President Biden is underwater with just about every voting bloc in the country, and Republican voters are much more motivated to vote.

This year feels like 2010 when the GOP picked up over 60 seats.

A recent poll from NBC is causing some anxiety on the left.

Alayna Treene writes at Axios:

Dems air anxieties after Biden’s brutal NBC poll

Democrats across the political spectrum are panicking about a recent NBC News poll showing President Biden’s approval rating at the lowest levels yet — 40%.

Why it matters: Moderate and progressive Democrats, particularly in the House, are fearful of an electoral tsunami this November. They tell Axios they’re unsure whether the party can repair the damage in time.

  • “People are extremely discouraged, there’s no doubt,” said Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), a moderate and leading member of the New Democrat Coalition.
  • Kuster was among the NDC members who met with President Biden on Wednesday and urged the administration to take action on supply chain and inflation issues, gas prices and a budget reconciliation bill.
  • Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.), a swing-district member, told Axios’s Andrew Solender the poll gives credence to her distancing herself from Biden: “It’s always a concern when the president’s numbers are bad and you’re in the same party.”
  • “In my district, and I think in most frontline districts, you win your campaign because people know you know what work you’ve done, … and they also know that I don’t always vote in line with the party.”

Over at Politico, David Siders writes about the enthusiasm gap:

‘We’ve got to stop fooling ourselves’: Enthusiasm gap keeps getting worse for Dems

At the end of October, Republicans held an 11-percentage-point advantage in voter enthusiasm. By January, that margin had ticked up to 14 points. Now, according to the most recent NBC News poll, it has swelled to 17 — a massive advantage that has foreshadowed devastating losses in Congress in prior years.

The latest poll would be bad enough for Democrats. But it’s the trend line that is especially grim, seemingly impervious to a series of events — including President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and the nomination of a judge to the Supreme Court — that Democrats had predicted might improve their candidates’ prospects in the fall.

It’s beginning to look like nothing is going to bail the party out this year. The last time the enthusiasm gap was this wide, in 2010, Democrats lost more than 60 seats in the House.

“Things could change,” said David Axelrod, previously an adviser to former President Barack Obama, in an email. “But with only a quarter of the country believing things are headed in the right direction, the president sitting at a 40 or 42 [percent] approval and inflation at a 40-year high, the atmosphere clearly is not promising for Democrats to buck historical trends.”

Remember how excited Democrats and their media allies were for the 2018 midterms? This year will be the opposite.

If Republicans take the House, which most analysts expect, Joe Biden will be frozen in his tracks. If they take the Senate too, that’ll be even better.


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1. Relax – Biden in White House
2. Concerned – Biden down in the polls
3..Panic – Mid-terms in danger
4. Action – Order duplicate ballots from China
5. Relax – Ass is covered
6. Action – Mid-terms send in duplicate ballots
7. Panic – It wasn’t enough
8. Cry – Republicans take control of House and Senate

JackinSilverSpring | April 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

Memo 2 Brandon: Just keep doing what u have been doing so u won’t lose your (shrinking) base.

If so, trust McConnell to be Biden’s best friend

    Damn right. Include their other buddy, Kevin McCarthy, so desperate to be GOP Speaker in 2023. We need him like we need McConnell.

    They’ll do anything to keep us from busting their scam.

Well, we know it’s not the Biden/Maidan/Slavic Spring from eight years earlier, and more than two years under the present regime. We know it is, at least, the sanctions with progressive collateral damage, nations questioning the dollar reserve status, etc. We know it is liberal economic excesses. It is shutting down domestic energy production with reliables, in favor of the laundered, intermittent, shared/shifted, Green blight, and redistributive change with “benefits” a la Kiev.

Feel more intense than 2010, and Biden, each day, throws more gas on the fire with his idiotic policies to please his idiotic supporters.

Poll numbers, covid policy, inflation, borders.. dumpster fire after dumpster fire.. then watch the democrats win in November by an astounding, magical majority.. 150% of registered D votes. I hate being this cynical.. but have no faith in any election, any more.

Bitterlyclinging | April 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

Dont kid yourself, the Dominion Voting Systems machines are there to compensate for any lack of voter enthusiasm and Democrat ballot shortage.
The Democrats bald faced stole the election in 2020 and likely stole the elections, but much more discreetly, in 2008 and 2012. They know they can get away with it and they will now go for it. Yano like FDR running for a third term in 1940 “To save the party”

If you like these poll numbers, wait and see what his approval numbers when we’ve been in recession for a few quarters. That’s not (just) my opinion. Instead, that’s the opinion of Former Democrat Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, the same guy who was sending up inflation flares more than a year ago now….and was laughed at.

It doesn’t take an economist to understand that economic growth is not sustainable in the face of double-digit inflation. Something has to give and in inflationary periods of years past, that has ALWAYS been economic growth. Worse yet, crippled by this inflation, the Fed doesn’t have any tools left to call upon to spur economic activity. It’s gonna get ugly.

    Obie1 in reply to TargaGTS. | April 2, 2022 at 8:01 am

    They can reduce the $9 trillion on their balance sheet and raise interest rates in a meaningful way. Both would lead to recession, but we’re headed there anyway. Better to rip off the bandaid and deal with the consequences sooner rather than later.

      CommoChief in reply to Obie1. | April 2, 2022 at 10:18 am

      With inflation running at 8% a fed funds rate of say 2.75% which is roughly the current consensus projection by year end leaves us with a real rate of return of over – 5%. A negative real rate of return in fixed income instruments pushes folks into alternatives with higher risk to chase, potentially, higher returns. See housing bubble and now stock asset bubble.

      Frankly, I think we are stuck due to debt. Just like Japan, our central bank won’t raise raise rates enough because it would upend the federal budget and some blue state budgets due to a crowd out effect. The portion of the budget for debt service would grow while spending for other operations of govt would fall.

      The fed could potentially respond here by trimming balance sheets via QT and modest rate hikes but can they sustain it? That’s going to be a tough sell and I don’t see Powell channelling Volker. Our population and politicians are too soft and too timid to willingly endure the pain required.

      The current situation can’t last and when the music stops everyone better make sure they provide their chair because neither the politicians, the fed nor our oligarchs care if we have one. They will make sure they have the best seats available.

      Had we allowed market corrections to do their job of eliminating the inefficient companies during the last market pull backs instead of the Fed bailing everyone out, capital would have been reallocated to the efficient players thus improving economic performance. Instead, all of the government largesse if subsidizing inefficiency has produced is an abundance of zombie companies and corrupt, wealthy entrenched politicians and bureaucrats.

      Let the markets do their job in clearing the landscape of zombies and get the government back in the business of proper regulation by restoring anti-trust policies and bringing back the Glass-Steagall Act. It would also help to eliminate the Federal Reserve which has lived up to the original prediction over 100 years ago that they would in the end debauch the dollar. Mission accomplished. Now go away Fed.

    jb4 in reply to gonzotx. | April 1, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    This is the worst thing that could be done for what used to be their poor, minority and working class base – as is crime and inflation. But, they should go out and buy electric vehicles which, per the reported $400M VW burning batteries boat disaster, might burn your house down if the battery catches fire in your garage.

The latinos spilling over the border are not friendly.

healthguyfsu | April 1, 2022 at 10:33 pm

It won’t matter….we have too many grifters in GOP that will offer them a handout to keep the corrupt gravy train flowing.

“The economy, stupid”

    I do you one better: food shortages. That’s all Biden and Trudeau are talking about. (Blaming it on Putin, of course.)

    This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Biden’s time is almost up, and a useful, desperate dolt Harris is in the wings.

Where is Will Smith when you need Biden slapped?

On election day everyone voting against Biden and the D party should wear neon green shirts to signify we are sick of it. If enough people do it poll workers will know they are surrounded by suspicious eyes.

    txvet2 in reply to scooterjay. | April 2, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    They knew it in 2020. They just ignored it. Given that nothing has been done about it since, they’ll ignore it again this year. Same people holding the same jobs committing the same fraud, only this time they’ll ensure that the security cameras “malfunction”.

But everything is Trump/Putin’s fault!

Including redistricting shenanigans the d/prog will likely end up with net +2 seats as a starting point for the midterms. Their actions in extremely aggressive redistricting will succeed short term in some places but overall they are going so far as to win the battle but lose the war. Federal CTs in some Circuits are becoming less receptive to their claims. Eventually one of these overreaching lower CT rulings is going to give SCOTUS the opportunity to further restrict overreach on the level of the decision in Shelby.

    Fatkins in reply to CommoChief. | April 5, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    When you say over reach you actually mean protection from states running rough shod over individuals right to vote. Shelby was a disgrace, the reasoning was ludicrous and described in the dissenting opinion as noting that “[t]hrowing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

The corrupt Dem leadership is so old and entrenched, not only are they hopelessly disconnected from voters, but also from their younger members. They just keep lining their pockets and engaging in frauds and hoaxes while wrecking the country. If it weren’t that corrupt Republican leadership being a mirror image, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

The Uniparty has to be destroyed in November and that means defeating the McConnell wing of the Democrat party which is mostly focused on destroying Trump rather than the Dems. Hopefully, Trump’s MAGA platform of specific planks will prevail over McConnell’s “We Are Not Democrats” fogbank of corrupt nothingness.

Obama has decided that Biden is not going to be the 2024 presidential candidate. That’s why the progressive fascist news media have reported on Biden’s corruption.

The Democrats always have hope so long as the GOP (AKA “The Stupid Party”) is the opponent. Never underestimate the GOP’s ability to screw up a sure thing.

Democrat voters should have been panicking over Biden’s crazy policies, beginning a long time ago! Democrats’ bad poll numbers and the so-called ‘enthusiasm gap’ should have been seen as the obvious and inevitable outcomes of pushing such nutty ideas.