President Joe Biden’s campaign pollster admitted Friday that the current political climate is the worst he’s seen in 30 years, and believes Democrats keeping the House is out of the question.
When your friends are warning you, it’s a good idea to listen.
Labeling the present as the lowest point since Bill Clinton was elected president in ‘92, John Anzalone described it as “a really sour environment for Democrats.” How sour?
A poll by Morning Consult/Politico released Wednesday glaringly displays how far down the nation’s voters feel the country has slipped in just the past year. In March 2021 there was a 50-50 split among U.S. voters when asked if the nation is headed in the right direction. Fast forward 13 months, and only 31% now believe the direction is positive, which is a 38-point gap in opinion.
Only 18% of the 2,005 registered voters sampled said they strongly approve of Biden while 42% strongly disapprove. Perhaps the most startling number is that, for Democratic voters, only 36% want the incumbent president on the 2024 ticket.
The White House’s own campaign pollster hardly stopped there. In an interview with Politico, Anzalone lamented that Democrats “don’t do a good job at branding.” As an example he notes Critical Race Theory, which he claims is all over the American lexicon despite not being taught in any U.S. public school. Really?
Criticism for Democrats went on to the party’s approach of only talking about immigration with Latino voters, something Anzalone says is maybe the 12th most important issue they are concerned with. Rather, they are most concerned about the same issues everyone else worries about, such as the economy, schools or health care.
The pollster also asserts that Biden is the only Democrat who could beat former President Donald Trump if Trump decides to run again in 2024. Polling numbers, however, tell a different story. That is something surely Biden’s own expert understands, whether he will admit it or not.
The Montgomery, Alabama-based Anzalone has worked with multiple Democratic presidential runs and even Biden’s first campaign for president back in 1987. If he calls the current political environment historically toxic for Democrats, he’s likely onto something.