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NY Times Discovers Biden Is Old and Unpopular: Uncomfortably Old and at 33% Approval

NY Times Discovers Biden Is Old and Unpopular: Uncomfortably Old and at 33% Approval

Seen on Twitter: “My goodness gracious. The @nytimes is all in on tossing Biden overboard. Two days in a row.”

According to recent polls, Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden’s popularity with the American people has cratered to the low 30’s.  Civiqs has Biden polling at 30%, and the most recent New York Times/Siena College poll has him at 33%.

It’s extraordinary that a Democrat president—i.e. one coddled by and gushed over by the leftwing and legacy media—is seeing such numbers. But you have to give credit where it is due, and Biden and his horrific team have been working hard to cripple America and thrust her citizens back into the dark ages.  They have to break a few million eggs to make that fantasy green energy omelet, after all.

After scrambling for months to save Biden from himself, the New York Times has apparently thrown up its hands and admitted defeat. They long ago lost their ability to shape public opinion, and they can’t change the economic reality on the ground for Americans. So it’s time to put old Slow Joe the Unpopular out to pasture.

On Saturday, the NY Times Captain Obvious division published a piece noting that Biden is old. And doddering.  And confused.

In the article entitled, “At 79, Biden Is Testing the Boundaries of Age and the Presidency,” the NY Times reports (archive link):

Just a year and a half into his first term, Mr. Biden is already more than a year older than Ronald Reagan was at the end of two terms. If he mounts another campaign in 2024, Mr. Biden would be asking the country to elect a leader who would be 86 at the end of his tenure, testing the outer boundaries of age and the presidency. Polls show many Americans consider Mr. Biden too old, and some Democratic strategists do not think he should run again.

. . . . And as Mr. Biden insists he plans to run for a second term, his age has increasingly become an uncomfortable issue for him, his team and his party.

. . . . But [“more than a dozen current and former senior officials and advisers”] acknowledged Mr. Biden looks older than just a few years ago, a political liability that cannot be solved by traditional White House stratagems like staff shake-ups or new communications plans. His energy level, while impressive for a man of his age, is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him. He often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.

Although White House officials insist they make no special accommodations the way Reagan’s team did, privately they try to guard Mr. Biden’s weekends in Delaware as much as possible. He is generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president, although he is called at any hour regardless of the day as needed. He stays out of public view at night and has taken part in fewer than half as many news conferences or interviews as recent predecessors.

. . . . Questions about Mr. Biden’s fitness have nonetheless taken a toll on his public standing. In a June survey by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll, 64 percent of voters believed he was showing that he is too old to be president, including 60 percent of respondents 65 or older.

Mr. Biden’s public appearances have fueled that perception. His speeches can be flat and listless. He sometimes loses his train of thought, has trouble summoning names or appears momentarily confused. More than once, he has promoted Vice President Kamala Harris, calling her “President Harris.” Mr. Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, stumbles over words like “kleptocracy.” He has said Iranian when he meant Ukrainian and several times called Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, “John,” confusing him with the late Republican senator of that name from Virginia.

Due to Biden’s “limitations” and White House staff concerns, Biden’s team is doing their best to keep him in his 2020 presidential campaign bunker, only dragging him out when it’s absolutely necessary.

The NY Times continues:

The White House seems equally determined to guard Mr. Biden against unscripted interactions with the news media. He has held just 16 news conferences since taking office, less than half as many as Mr. Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush had by this stage and less than a third as many as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, a longtime scholar of presidential media strategy.

Likewise, Mr. Biden has given just 38 interviews, far fewer than Mr. Trump (116), Mr. Obama (198), the younger Mr. Bush (71), Mr. Clinton (75) and the older Mr. Bush (86). Mr. Biden has been more accessible taking a few questions informally after a speech or other event, which he has done 290 times, compared with 213 by Mr. Trump and 64 by Mr. Obama.

This is bad enough, but the NY Times wasn’t done rushing Biden out of the White House and off the national stage. They followed up with a devastating piece about Biden’s own party rejecting him: “Most Democrats Don’t Want Biden in 2024, New Poll Shows” (archive link).

The piece begins:

President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.

Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have helped turn the national mood decidedly dark, both on Mr. Biden and the trajectory of the nation. More than three-quarters of registered voters see the United States moving in the wrong direction, a pervasive sense of pessimism that spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties.

. . . . For Mr. Biden, that bleak national outlook has pushed his job approval rating to a perilously low point. Republican opposition is predictably overwhelming, but more than two-thirds of independents also now disapprove of the president’s performance, and nearly half disapprove strongly. Among fellow Democrats his approval rating stands at 70 percent, a relatively low figure for a president, especially heading into the 2022 midterms when Mr. Biden needs to rally Democrats to the polls to maintain control of Congress.

In a sign of deep vulnerability and of unease among what is supposed to be his political base, only 26 percent of Democratic voters said the party should renominate him in 2024.

And again, the NY Times hammers the doddering Biden for his age and “verbal flubs.”

In saying they wanted a different nominee in 2024, Democrats cited a variety of reasons, with the most in an open-ended question citing his age (33 percent), followed closely by unhappiness with how he is doing the job. About one in eight Democrats just said that they wanted someone new, and one in 10 said he was not progressive enough. Smaller fractions expressed doubts about his ability to win and his mental acuity.

. . . . John Waldron, a 69-year-old registered Republican and retired machinist in Schenectady, N.Y., voted for Mr. Biden in 2020. Today, he said, he regrets it and plans to vote Republican in 2024. “I thought he was going to do something for this country, but now he’s doing nothing,” Mr. Waldron said.

Like others, he expressed worries about Mr. Biden’s age and verbal flubs. On Friday, a clip of Mr. Biden at an event announcing an executive order on abortion went viral when he stumbled into saying “terminate the presidency” instead of “pregnancy,” for instance.

“You ever see him on TV?” Mr. Waldron said, comparing the president to zombies. “That’s what he looks like.”

Biden’s popularity nose-dive, as reported by the NY Times regarding their own poll, is astonishing. He’s lost ground everywhere with everyone regardless of party, race, gender, age, socio-economic status. Name a demographic, any demographic, and Biden is losing their support.

The backlash against Mr. Biden and desire to move in a new direction were particularly acute among younger voters. In the survey, 94 percent of Democrats under the age of 30 said they would prefer a different presidential nominee.

. . . . When Mr. Biden won in 2020, he made a point of trying to make inroads among working-class white voters who had abandoned the Democratic Party in droves in the Trump era. But whatever crossover appeal Mr. Biden once had appears diminished. His job approval rating among white voters without college degrees was a stark 20 percent.

. . . . Mr. Biden’s base, in 2020 and now, remains Black voters. They delivered the president a 62 percent job-approval rating — higher marks than any other race or ethnicity, age group or education level. But even among that constituency, there are serious signs of weakening. On the question of renominating Mr. Biden in 2024, slightly more Black Democratic voters said they wanted a different candidate than said they preferred Mr. Biden.

“Anybody could be doing a better job than what they’re doing right now,” said Clifton Heard, a 44-year-old maintenance specialist in Foley, Ala.

An independent, he said he voted for Mr. Biden in 2020 but is disillusioned over the state of the economy and the spiraling price of gas, and is now reconsidering Mr. Trump.

Democratic strategist James Carville’s “It’s the economy, stupid” resonates today just as much as it did in the early ’90s. Perhaps more so.

From the NYTimes poll:

The NY Times continues:

Jobs and the economy were the most important problem facing the country according to 20 percent of voters, with inflation and the cost of living (15 percent) close behind as prices are rising at the fastest rate in a generation. One in 10 voters named the state of American democracy and political division as the most pressing issue, about the same share who named gun policies, after several high-profile mass shootings.

More than 75 percent of voters in the poll said the economy was “extremely important” to them. And yet only 1 percent rated economic conditions as excellent. Among those who are typically working age — voters 18 to 64 years old — only 6 percent said the economy was good or excellent, while 93 percent rated it poor or only fair.

The White House has tried to trumpet strong job growth, including on Friday when Mr. Biden declared that he had overseen “the fastest and strongest jobs recovery in American history.” But the Times/Siena poll showed a vast disconnect between those boasts, and the strength of some economic indicators, and the financial reality that most Americans feel they are confronting.

Democrats and their media cheerleaders like the NY Times may toss Biden overboard, and happily would do so today if they had a viable replacement, but they’ll keep the policies that are the root of the problems crippling our nation’s institutions, economy, energy sector, and national security. They are like rats fleeing one sinking ship for another and then wondering why they can’t stay afloat.


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Simply an attempt to blame all of the insane progressive policies on Biden and replace him with somebody else with the exact same policies.

    CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | July 11, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Yep. Blame and denounce the messenger as ineffective instead of asking if maybe the message itself is the problem.

    Normal folks are coming to understand exactly what green extremists intend to do as they make their mandatory omelette. Normals don’t want green eggs.

    Exactly this. Years ago, when Obama was president and I was still attempting to talk to lefties as if they were rational human beings, a leftie told me that the only reason America was rejecting Obama’s policies was that he is black. I responded that no, if these same policies were enacted by a white president, they would be rejected. And here we are. America rejecting leftist policies first put forward by a black president and now by a white one. Same policies, heck mostly the same administration/advisors, and the same wholesale rejection. Of course the left won’t accept that it’s not about race (because everything is about race to them, more so now than then).

    As a fun aside, this same person informed me that Obama was like my boss, as the president, and that I–and all of America–basically worked for him and must do as he says. Crazy, but that’s what these people want, a dictator who is the boss of everything and everyone. I didn’t stay in touch with this person, but it would have been fun to tell him that according to his logic Trump was his boss in 2017.

      mailman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 12, 2022 at 7:02 am

      I bet these people didn’t think this way during Trumps Presidency 🤣🤣

      CommoChief in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 12, 2022 at 9:44 am

      Kind of like that weirdo during the 1992 campaign who shouted out during a Clinton town hall event that he wanted Clinton to ‘treat us (the American People) like your children’.

      Accepting the responsibility of adulthood is hard for some people. If only they would also reject the privileges of adults in return for extended adolescence; no voting, no independent living, no alcohol, no drug use.

      Maybe I would be willing to consider giving them an allowance if they did so but they would need to complete their assigned chores. If they want to remain dependent on us for financial support they can’t assert independence from our rules. See Dad lecture, specifically ‘when you pay for your own house then you can set your own rules’.

        Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | July 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm

        “Accepting the responsibility of adulthood is hard for some people.”

        You have to leave home, go out into the world and seek your own silver lining—probably start out with a small one and trade up to a bigger one after a couple of years.

        henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | July 12, 2022 at 3:09 pm

        ” that weirdo during the 1992 campaign who shouted out during a Clinton town hall event that he wanted Clinton to ‘treat us (the American People) like your children’.”

        Hopefully, you won’t hear anyone shouting that at a Biden rally.

      henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 12, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      “As a fun aside, this same person informed me that Obama was like my boss, as the president, and that I–and all of America–basically worked for him and must do as he says. Crazy, but that’s what these people want, a dictator who is the boss of everything and everyone.”

      Royalty was like dandelions. No matter how many heads you chopped off, the roots were still there underground, waiting to spring up again… It was as if even the most intelligent person had this little blank spot in their heads where someone had written, “Kings. What a good idea.” Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.

    taurus the judge in reply to Olinser. | July 12, 2022 at 8:33 am

    I cannot say your position is either wrong or unsupported by much evidence but I’m going to offer another “interpretation” of their acts from a psyop perspective. (if correct is more ominous)

    The media ( as a collective) know both their role and place as the “marketing arm” of the left.

    The “left” has never changed their views or end goals- they simply have hidden them outright or camouflaged them.

    So, anything they are doing “negative” against Brandon ( regardless of how they package it) is also a negative against the “left”( which we know the house divided cannot stand).

    No, from the grey/white/black propaganda perspective- this could be viewed as the initiation of a grey (moving to black) program for the purpose of maintaining the integrity and mission of the “left’ at the expense of a member. ( common Marxist tactic)

    The message will eventually become “the policies are right for us all” ( thats what must be sold and upheld) but “Brandon” simply was not up to implementing them properly ( or Trump and the mean GOP was more than he could overcome)- whatever excuse(s) are needed.

    This will enable 2 things. The obvious is the replacement of Brandon but the less obvious is the wordsmithing and “rebranding” ( and probably repackaging) of the “message” to further obfuscate what they are really doing.

    I would offer the way they “sold” the red flag laws recently as a beta test of an end run attack.

      CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | July 12, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Exactly. Failed socialist policy? Nah, ‘that wasn’t REAL socialism’ or alternatively ‘the person leading it was insufficiently committed to TRUE socialism’ and that’s why it failed.

“New York Times Discovers Biden is Old….”

After a thorough exam they discovered a 200 year old brain was living in a 79 year old body.

    Massinsanity in reply to Peabody. | July 12, 2022 at 8:05 am

    News for the Times, he was old 2 years ago when you let him hide in his basement for an entire campaign cycle instead of questioning his physical and mental ability to be POTUS.

e pluribus unum | July 11, 2022 at 8:20 pm

How dare the NY Times try to remove the best candidate the Democrats have? Certainly he’s better than Kamala, Pete and Liz. Or Nancy for that matter.
So he’s old. So what! There’s only a minimum age for the office, not a maximum. Please let the Republicans run against Biden again. Please. I promise we’ll get it right this time.

henrybowman | July 11, 2022 at 8:42 pm

When you suddenly realize you’re at the rear of the pack, try to pretend yu are leading from there.

33% is way too high. It should be in the teens or worse. I bet it actually is.

    mailman in reply to UJ. | July 12, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Keep in mind that this is 33% IN SPITE of the 24/7 Democrat media simping that’s been going on since day 1.

    The real score is likely, as you suggest, somewhere in the teens.

    Now imagine what it would actually be like if the Democrat media treated 10% China Joe with the same level or respect they afforded Trump. In fact its amazing Trump was where he was in spite of the 24/7 Democrat media hir job he had to deal with every day of his Presidency.

      Precisely! Imagine if Trump had received not fawning coverage reserved for Democrats but just FAIR coverage of his many accomplishments and the data that poured in about how his policies were helping every American of every race? The Abraham Peace Accords? National energy independence? His numbers would have been through the roof.

      But instead, they spent four years tearing him down with now-proven lies and distortions, impeaching him TWICE, and blaming him for the events of J6 . . . and he still never got such abysmal numbers. I’d have to look it up, but I think his lowest was 34%, and it was a one-off, not the long, slow downward trajectory of Biden’s numbers.

      And Biden hasn’t hit bottom yet. He’s heading into teens. I used to think it was the 20s, but now, it’s clear that unless there is a major course correction, he’s going to be an historic first (the left loves those): a president with popularity in the teens. From JFK, LBJ, and FDR all rolled into one to FJB the least popular president in American history. Quite the accomplishment.

        taurus the judge in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 12, 2022 at 8:10 am

        Personally, I think that, to be very honest with you, I do believe that we should rightly believe and accept that viewpoint as the fact it is and we certainly believe that certain issue is just settled. Certain issues are just settled,

        Sadly, we are living in unsettled times where these viewpoints and their significance are lost with the passage of time.

        Seriously, we must redouble our efforts to take these viewpoints seriously because you have been forced to take these viewpoints seriously because they are in fact serious.

    RandomCrank in reply to UJ. | July 12, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I think the low 30s about probably accurate. Each party has one-third of the voters on its side no matter what. If Senile Joe goes below 30%, that’ll be the lowest ever, with the exceptions of Nixon near the end and Truman after he fired Macarthur.

This article just didn’t come about after a routine, all-hands, Monday morning conference room brainstorming session. Oh, no.

Someone in the Deep State (e.g. CIA) made a call to Joe Kahn, Executive Editor at the NYT, no doubt to say, “It’s time. Run it.”

The execrable Pravda Times now acknowledges basic, undesirable facts about the tottering, feeble, dim-witted and inept dotard-marionette occupying the White House geriatric ward — facts that were well-understood over eighteen months ago, by any American possessing a modicum of rationality and common sense.

    Massinsanity in reply to guyjones. | July 12, 2022 at 8:12 am

    If Joe were just citizen Joe and not POTUS he would have had the car keys taken away a few years ago and would not be living independently, more likely in a home for people with memory impairment. This was obvious 2 years ago but the Ds had no one else who isn’t a complete, unelectable loon and the hatred for Trump ran so deep they all chose to look the other way. So here we are in a time of grave danger on numerous fronts, being “led” by a feeble, dementia addled old man who, in his best of days, had a very limited intellect and is surrounded by hundreds of “progressives” most of whom were chosen for their ability to check a box rather then their competence.

healthguyfsu | July 11, 2022 at 10:19 pm

Disgusting how many black voters are sticking with a grave flirting senile old whitey that is as racist as they come.

Ridiculous how they choose to be ideological slaves.

    taurus the judge in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 12, 2022 at 6:42 am

    I recommend caution on accepting anything these polls say as true.

    I have noticed even more than usual that the left lies to its own as much or more than they lie to the masses. ( probably for panic control or to not be the bearer of bad news)

    If we disbelieve the 81 million “votes” Brandon got ( which I personally refuse to believe he got) then this “alleged support” is most likely suspect in the same percentage as well.

    There is a “generation” out there programmed to vote due to Johnson and his policies but they are losing ground and being displaced by a generation who do have education and jobs who are feeling the pain too.

    I cant “prove” this lack of support ( or waning support0 but all i see where i travel leads me to believe its real.

    CommoChief in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 12, 2022 at 9:56 am

    The numbers walking away might surprise all of us. There are many influential people on the Internet holding all sorts of discussions about this. The information age is allowing average people the ability to create an online presence or following and a great many are putting content like Thomas Sowell, Awaken with JP and others on their own platforms. Many of these platforms have a subscriber base larger than the average CNN or MSNBC audience.

No Excuses!
Our Country had a completely defective candidate pushed upon us by a knowing and complicit political party, with full and complete support by a very willing media and entertainment industry, culminating in a nearly pure grab for power.

Joe Biden’s flaws, ineptness, and overall stupidity have been on full display for over 45 years. The dinosaur media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat party, have be covering for him for decades. Now he has demintia, his family and party are commiting elder abuse.

Coronavirus 0%.

Distasteful, static bore, Ancient Joe has been a shovel ready project for at least a dozen years. Joe Biden IS the face of elected office. Arrogant, prideful, dull, and ignorant.

Aneurysm. Git’r’dun, git’m’gone.

I wish this wasn’t misleading.

Democrcats see us as Nazis and feel Biden should be a lot more muscular in striking us. They don’t feel Biden has been arresting enough Republican politicians or abusing the DOJ enough, they don’t think he has enforced enough vaxx mandates or shut enough things down, don’t think he has gone far enough to destroy oil and natural gas, and accuse him of deliberately trying to fail on the filibuster.

That belief by the far left however has a zero percent chance of influencing the next election or 2024. Despite right wing delusions about the populist left the amount of crossover in policy, what the problems are or votes is 0% and every conservative politician who has tried to rely on populist left crossover both here and Europe has lost.

Bernie Sanders hates you as much as Biden and his voters hate you more than he does.

Fortunately the less political voter on the left will as in all midterm elections be less motivated but don’t misinterpret Biden’s unpopularity the way we misinterpreted Obama’s unpopularity during his first term.

casualobserver | July 12, 2022 at 9:25 am

It’s less likely that the NY Times has woken up and more likely they have behind the scenes discussions in the Dem power structure about when is the right time to place the dagger. Apparently, now is the time to start. Maybe it was triggered by Boris Johnson’s resignation? Don’t know. But it’s entirely possible we will be seeing the words President Harris in print before the next election. For sure, Biden will not run again at the very least.

CAN’T believe we have this many FOOLS out & about these days? AND it seems they are on the rise. SO MANY DOLTS with degrees, PLUS JUST STUPIDITY?

Steven Brizel | July 12, 2022 at 5:46 pm

This is how Democrats deem political leaders as expendable-look at the instances of LBJ and Cuomo

RandomCrank | July 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Part of the plan at the outset. I have NEVER expected Senile Joe to finish his term. I have consistently predicted that he’d hang on until after January 20, 2023, then hand it over to Kamalatoe. See Amendment XXII for details.

The Democrats WILL run her in ’24. The last time the Dems failed to nominate a sitting VP for president was 1952, when they picked Adlai Stevenson over Charles Barkley, Truman’s veep. If they try that one again, the party will implode over screams of racism.

To me, the key is whether the Repubs are stupid enough to renominate Donald Trump rather than DeSantis. This is an I.Q. test, and I am far from confident that the Repubs will hit three digits. Never underestimate either party’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

RandomCrank | July 12, 2022 at 6:09 pm

Be cautious about Civiqs. I have followed them for a few months, and looked them up a few times on 538(dot)com, where they are shown to skew heavily Democratic. But if you look under the hood, you’ll see that Civiqs has a short track record. Their “pro-Dem” bias comes from 538’s equations, which I think work best for pollsters with long track records.

My point is NOT that Biden’s somehow a lot more popular than their 30% number, but rather that it’s been an outlier and should be taken with a grain of salt. All the polls should be, given that response rates have fallen through the floorboards.

If polling winds up making the Repubs complacent, it’ll be their own fault. They should run like they are 10 points behind, no matter what any polls tell them.

    I thought it was an outlier, too, until the NYT/Siena poll showed 33%. It’s starting to look like the polls that show Biden in the mid- to high 30s are the outliers.

      RandomCrank in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      I had the very same reaction as you did. It’s what caused me to take another look at 538’s ranking of Civiqs. (As an aside, 538 is liberal, but I respect their quantitive methodology, and especially that they don’t spin it that I can tell.) That outfit has conducted only 25 polls, and they are somewhat scattered.

      So I don’t consider Civiqs reliable. I don’t have anything bad to say, though. There just isn’t enough of a track record there.

RandomCrank | July 12, 2022 at 6:11 pm

One of the most amusing aspects of this is that the Dems are realizing that every time Senile Joe appears on TV, his numbers get weaker. Viewers are reminded of his dementia.