Biden SOTU draws lowest ‘very positive’ reaction in 15 years according to CNN poll

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If a CNN poll is any indication of a more widespread national reaction to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address then it may not have done as much to move the needle before this year’s crucial midterm elections that Democrats may have hoped.

While Biden drew rave reviews from the usual array of media cheerleaders and Democratic Party sycophants, the numbers from CNN’s polling could be an early indicator that the convenient timing of the rollback of mask and vaccine mandates, both of which are as unpopular as they are polarizing, may not be enough to stave off what many have predicted could be an electoral bloodbath when voters have their first chance to cast a verdict on the administration.

According to CNN’s numbers, only 41 percent of respondents had a “very positive” reaction to Biden’s speech, the lowest since 2007 when President George W. Bush was in the White House, a bad sign for Biden and the Democrats which was greeted by sadness by the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” as the talking heads discussed the early results and their significance.

CNN Political Director David Chalian put the grim results in perspective, noting that people who watch a president’s State of the Union tend to be “more supportive” of that president and his party and that the survey is about “11 points more Democratic as a body of people here who were polled than the overall population in America.”

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Chalian reported that 41 percent were ranked “very positive” with 29 percent being “somewhat positive” and another 29 percent rating Biden’s speech as “negative,” not horrific but when compared to last year’s Biden address to a joint session of Congress which was 10 points higher, a big drop off from early liberal euphoria before reality set in.

“That’s about 10 points lower on the very positive scale, 51 percent, last year, you see 41 percent today,” he said.

“In fact, that 41 percent is the lowest very positive we’ve seen in about the last 15 years of instant polling after the state of the union address,” he added, noting that while Biden drew high marks for his handling of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, that his ratings on the homefront continue to be problematic as Americans are being eaten alive by inflation and preyed upon by marauding criminals.

“But look at this,” he said, “for the domestic issues that the White House is so keenly aware of in this midterm election year that are potential problems for Biden, they still seem to be problems.”

“Forty-seven percent said he did enough on inflation, 46 percent said he did enough on violent crime, majorities for both inflation and violent crime said he did not do enough and again, I just want to remind you that is the majority of a speech-watching audience that is more Democratic than the American populace overall,” Chalian said.

In additional bad news for Democrats who may have hoped that Biden being a war president would lead to Americans rallying around him, the poll found that the overwhelming number of respondents feel that the economy is more important to them than a conflict on the other side of the planet by 64 to 36 percent.

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A glum Jake Tapper asked, “So generally speaking, these are lower marks than you would expect from such a disproportionately Democratic audience?”

“We’ve seen over the last year Joe Biden take a slide in the polls, there’s no doubt about it,” Chalian replied. “He’s not just taking a slide with the overall public, he’s also taking a slide, and I think this reflects that, the instant reaction of the speech, with people who are even supportive of him or who are in his party and I think that is what these numbers reflect, is that he obviously has been on the decline. There’s nothing in this speech that suggests he turned that around.”

Following Tapper’s acknowledgment that Ukraine isn’t going to be a game-changer for Biden, Dana Bash chimed in, “Inflation and the broader issues of the economy, how people feel about their pocketbooks, and how people feel about their neighborhoods, worried about crime, that’s the political ball game.”

“That is what every member of Congress, Democratic and Republican member of Congress, will tell you, that they believe that voters are going to be caring the most about when they decide whether Republicans should take the majority in the House and in the Senate,” Bash said.

Such numbers could bring a quick end to the giddiness of Biden supporters who may have believed that the disappearance of COVID from the media and a foreign policy crisis would be the ticket to reversing their massive unpopularity and a shellacking at the polls.


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