White House claims Americans are in a ‘better position’ poll responses
Outgoing White House economic advisor Brian Deese declared the state of the economy ‘strong’ on the eve of President Biden’s State of the Union speech – but fended off questions about a series of polls where Americans registered their dissatisfaction about their own economic standing.
‘The state of the economy is strong. You see that in the lowest unemployment rate in 53 years,’ he told reporters at the White House.
Deese also talked up the resilience of the U.S. economy compared to other nations, but still had to contend with an ABC News / Washington Post poll where 41 per cent of respondents said they were not as well off as when Biden took office, and another survey where even Democrats raised doubts about Biden seeking reelection.
‘And you know, it is the case that if you go around the world, if you talk to heads of state, CEOs, other leaders, they will tell you that the United States really is better positioned than almost any other country,’ said Deese, who heads the National Economic Council. ‘That the opportunity to invest in the United States as so many people are enthusiastic about. And that bodes very well for the economy not only in the very short term’ but in the medium term.’
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre listens as National Economic Council Director Brian Deese speaks about the economy. He talked up record low unemployment figures, and got asked repeatedly about polls showing many Americans say they are worse off since Biden took office
Just 16 per cent of Americans said they were better off since Biden took office in a new ABC News / Washington Post poll
The administration continues to trumpet a monthly report that the nation added 517,000 jobs in January, with an unemployment rate of just 3.4 per cent.
But Americans continue to register their dissatisfaction, and many do not want Biden to run again.
The ABC / Washington Post poll had just 16 per cent who said they were better off than before Biden took office. The number who said they were about the same was 42 per cent.
Dees, a skilled number cruncher, was a bit off when he tried to parry a question about the poll.
‘So I think I think the poll that you just said it’s actually consistent so about two-thirds of Americans say that their circumstances are better than than before,’ he said.
A reporter later reminded him that the he was essentially combining the ‘about the same’ figure with those who said they were better off.
Deese set the stage for President Biden, who will try to sell the economy and his accomplishments Tuesday night
‘And I think that it is the case that if you look at the kind of key measures of basic economic security: Do I have health insurance? Do I have $400 in the bank in case my car breaks down or I have another emergency expense? Am I late or delinquent on a credit card bill am I facing foreclosure? If you’d look at all of those measures on average, American households are in a better position than they were before the pandemic hit, and that’s true for that lower income quartiles as well.’
Deese also commented on the looming debt limit crisis, which has the potential to rattle financial markets.
‘This bedrock idea that the United States has met all of its financial obligations for its existence as a country isn’t something that anybody should be using as a bargaining chip. It’s not a negotiable item,’ he said.
Hours later House Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared ‘Defaulting on our debt is not an option.’ even as he called for negotiating to try to force government spending increases.
Biden is planning to use the prime time address to trumpet his economic accomplishments, even as the polls registered concerns from within his party about whether he should seek reelection.
Only 37 percent of Democrats say they want Biden to seek a second term, according to a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. This is a sharp decline from the 52 percent who said the same weeks before the 2022 midterms.
Taking all voting-age Americans into consideration, only 22 percent say that Biden should run again, down 7 percent from the same question asked in October 2022.
Democratic voters who spoke with AP said they are concerned about Biden’s age and increasingly prevalent gaffes and potential health concerns.
Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier this month also found that 62 percent of Americans think Biden has accomplished ‘little or nothing’ or at least ‘not very much’ during his presidency so far.
Democrats are growing increasingly against a reelection from President Joe Biden, noting his age, health, coughing, gait and gaffes as reasons why someone younger should seek office
Only 37% of Democrats say they want to see Biden run for a second term in a new AP-NORC poll released Monday, which is a sharp 15% decline from the same poll taken just weeks before the 2022 midterms
Only 36 percent say Biden has accomplished a ‘great deal’ in his more than two years in office.
Follow-up interviews with AP-NORC poll respondents show that many think Biden, who is the oldest U.S. president ever, feel his age and declining health could be a liability.
Many who said they want a younger president and focused-in on Biden’s coughing, his gait and frequent gaffes.
‘I, honestly, think that he would be too old,’ said Democrat voter Sarah Overman, 37, of Raleigh, North Carolina. ‘We could use someone younger in the office.’
Thirty-five-year-old Michigan man Ross Truckey, who didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Biden in 2020, said of the president: ‘His age and possibly his mental acuity is not where I would want the leader of the country to be.
‘He, at times, appears to be an old man who is past his prime. Sometimes I feel a little bit of pity for the guy being pushed out in front of crowds.’
Declining support for Biden is concentrated among younger voters.
Only 23 percent of Democrats under the age of 45 say that Biden should run for a second term, a massive drop-off from the same poll in October, which showed 45 percent of this demographic wanting a second term from the president.
Forty-nine percent of those age 45 and older say they want Biden’s reelection, which is still a decline of 9 percent from the same poll taken just weeks before the 2022 midterms.
Former President Trump would beat Biden by 3 points in a hypothetical head-to-head election, according to results of the ABC/Post poll released Sunday.
Most Americans say they don’t want a rematch of 2020.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows that Americans are not looking forward to the prospects of a 2020 rematch between Biden (right) and his predecessor Donald Trump (left)
The poll shows that the favorability has flipped from September, and Trump would now win by 3 percentage points in a hypothetical head-to-head election against Biden
Forty-eight percent of registered voters said in the poll taken at the end of January and into the beginning of February that they would vote for Trump – and 45 percent said they would vote for Biden.
While this falls within the four-point margin of error, it is a flip from September when Biden was beating Trump by two points.
Independent voters, possibly the most important voting bloc in recent national elections, favor Trump by nine percentage points at a 50%-41% split.
Most Americans are not looking forward to a rematch between Trump and Biden in 2024 and want other candidates as their respective nominees instead.
If Biden ran for a second term in 2024, 30 percent of Americans said they would be ‘angry’, while another 32 percent said that they would be ‘dissatisfied but not angry.’
Only 7 percent of respondents said they would be ‘enthusiastic’ if Biden won reelection and 29 percent said while they would be ‘satisfied’, they would not be enthusiastic.
The prospects weren’t much better for another Trump presidency.
Thirty-six percent of the 1,003 people polled said they would be ‘angry’ if he won four more years while 20 percent said they would be ‘dissatisfied.’
Meanwhile, the former president did fare better with the positive side of the spectrum than Biden with 17 percent saying they would be enthusiastic for another Trump White House and 26 percent saying they would be satisfied.
Trump was not pleased with the latest poll, responding with ire on his social media website Truth Social on Sunday morning by employing his insulting monikers for two outlets that conducted the poll – ‘ABC fake news’ and the ‘Washington compost.’
‘For all of my many supporters, and the number is higher than ever before, I am pleased to report that ‘our’ Poll numbers are Excellent,’ Trump insisted in his post.
‘Polls are important, but many have proven to be so corrupt, wrong, or incompetent in the past,’ he added, ‘especially, those of ABC FAKE NEWS/WASHINGTON COMPOST; FOX FAKE NEWS; and NBC FAKE NEWS/GLOBALIST STREET JOURNAL, that they have become somewhat meaningless, just a political weapon. CNN Polls no longer matter in that so few people are watching CNN (and MSDNC) anymore!’
The poll found that among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, 58 percent would want a different candidate than Biden as their nominee in the 2024 presidential election. On the other side, 31 percent said they support Biden.
When it comes to Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 49 percent said they would prefer a different candidate than Trump to be their nominee versus the 44 percent who want another Trump White House bid.
Both on the Democrat and Republican side, the support for the respective presidents is essentially unchanged since the same poll taken in September.
The poll shows that only 7% of voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about a Biden reelection bid while 17% feel the same about a second term with Trump
Trump blasted the polling in a tweet Sunday morning, claiming that the major news outlets ‘have proven to be so corrupt, wrong or incompetent’ that it yields all polling ‘somewhat meaningless’ and ‘just a political weapon’
Respondents said for the most part that they want to see other primary candidates in 2024. Trump-era Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (pictured) will announce her candidacy this month in South Carolina, where she formerly served as governor
While it’s unclear whether any Democrats will be bold enough to take on Biden should he announce a reelection bid, which has not yet officially happened, there are several Republicans showing interest in launching a bid against Trump.
So far, Trump is the only major Republican to announce his 2024 candidacy. But his former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, is announcing her bid later this month.
Others are also making visits to early primary contest states like New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina – signaling more impending bids are coming.
This includes the likes of former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, among others.
Many Republicans want to see highly popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis run for the White House. Trump has made him public enemy No. 1 by launching a series of attack-lines against DeSantis in recent weeks when officially hitting the 2024 campaign trail.