A recent poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper, spanning from August 24 to August 30, indicates that 59% of voters disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy.
Joe Biden’s Economic Approval Hits New Lows
Worryingly, nearly three out of four voters believe inflation is heading in the wrong direction.
The poll also unveiled that a majority of voters, particularly 59%, perceive President Joe Biden, who is currently 80 years old, as too old for a second-term run, and only 39% view him favorably.
Joe Biden Tied With Trump
Of utmost concern for President Biden is the poll’s revelation that he is statistically tied with former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 rematch.
These findings surface as Trump maintains his position as the front-runner within the Republican Party, despite facing legal challenges at both the federal and state levels.
Slams Trump in Labor Day Speech
In his Labor Day address to the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 in Philadelphia, President Biden seized the opportunity to criticize former President Trump’s economic record while applauding his own administration’s achievements.
“When the last guy was here, you were shipping jobs to China. Now we’re bringing jobs home from China,” Biden declared. “When the last guy was here… your pensions were at risk. We helped save millions of pensions with your help.”
Furthermore, Biden sought to establish himself as a president aligned with the interests of unions and the middle-class, emphasizing that he sees the world from the perspective of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Claymont, Delaware, as opposed to the Park Avenue vantage point attributed to his predecessor.
Later in his speech, Biden underscored the vital role played by unions and the middle class in building America, asserting, “Wall Street didn’t build America. The middle class built America, and the union built the middle class.”
Just days prior, Biden had demonstrated his support for union workers, highlighting his administration’s efforts to increase workers’ wages and facilitate access to well-paying union jobs.
Concern Over Biden’s Mental Health
While both Biden and Trump maintain their positions as front-runners within their respective parties, the poll reveals divergent challenges facing them.
President Biden’s age appears to be one of his major hurdles, with approximately 73% of voters deeming him too old for a presidential run, while only 47% hold the same view regarding Trump. Furthermore, 36% of voters believe Biden possesses the mental acuity required for the role, compared to 46% for Trump.
Concerns surrounding President Biden’s age stem from reported incidents of stumbling, occasional confusion regarding countries and dates, and other similar blunders.
For Trump, the challenge lies more in his character, as 38% of voters perceive him as honest, while 45% believe Biden is trustworthy. In terms of likability, 48% of voters find Biden appealing, while only 31% hold the same sentiment for Trump.
However, Trump enjoys a more favorable stance among voters when it comes to policy accomplishments, with 51% acknowledging his strong track record as president, compared to 40% for Biden.
Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio told the WSJ: “If this race is about personality and temperament, then Biden has an advantage. If this race is about policies and performance, then Trump has the advantage”.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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