Polls: Voters increasingly pessimistic about Biden's economy as 2024 race heats up

 September 23, 2023

Though President Joe Biden and members of his administration have been trying hard to convince the electorate otherwise, recent polling suggests that voters in large numbers believe that economic conditions in the United States are nowhere near as rosy as Democrats claim, as the Washington Examiner explains.

As the outlet's Christoper Tremoglie points out, continued inflationary pressure, a governmental credit downgrade, and a host of other factors have, unsurprisingly, given millions of Americans the impression that the country is going in the wrong direction just as the presidential election season heats up.

Evidence of those sentiments can be seen in a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, which noted that a staggering 59% of likely voters declared that America is “headed down the wrong track.”

Those numbers, while significant in and of themselves, should be doubly alarming to Biden and his supporters in the context of the latest iteration of the Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll.

That survey revealed that 53% of respondents disapprove of Biden's job performance.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that 45% of participants in that survey said that their disapproval of Biden's approach to his job was “strong.”

The calamitous poll numbers – particularly with regard to the economy – are likely particularly frustrating to the president and members of his administration who have spent the summer engaged in an all-out public relations push to persuade the American people of supposed White House policy successes in this realm.

As the New York Post reported earlier this summer, Biden traveled the country hailing the allegedly transformative effects of “Bidenomics” amid faltering poll numbers.

“Bidenomics is about the future. Bidenomics is just another way of saying: Restore the American Dream because it worked before,” the president told a Chicago audience back in June.

The commander in chief went on, “Bidenomics is about building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. And there are three fundamental changes that we decided to make with the help of Congress and been able to do it: first, making smart investments in America, second, educating and empowering American workers to grow the middle class; and third, promoting competition to lower costs to help small businesses.”

Despite the well-honed marketing messaging, however, the Post noted that according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, take-hone earnings for Americans have declined due to inflation, a fact which is just one of the unpleasant economic realities voters now face.

The clear gap between Biden's rhetoric on the economy and the daily experience of the electorate is something on which Republican presidential hopefuls have continued to seize, as Politico noted earlier this month, with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) observing, “Joe Biden's 'Bidenomics' has led to the loss of $10,000 of spending power for the average family.”

Taking a similarly grim view of the president's record in this area was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who stated that it was necessary to “reverse Bidenomics so that middle-class families have a chance to succeed again.”

Not surprisingly, the most colorful assessment of the situation came from current GOP frontrunner and former President Donald Trump, who said that his campaign will focus on the need to “rescue” the nation from what he called the “burning wreckage of Bidenomics,” a scheme that he – and growing numbers of Americans – seem to believe is marked by “inflation, taxation, submission, and failure.”