Biden: Is He America’s Most Unpopular President?

Gints Ivuskans /
Gints Ivuskans /

Joe Biden as The President. How is he doing so far?
A year into his presidency, we take a look at what progress Mr.Biden has made. He began his term with 56% of the country approving his performance and having more than 80 million votes. When Mr.Biden took office he made it clear that tackling the pandemic is his top priority. And now about 75% of the US had at least one dose and 63% are fully vaccinated.

The number one issue the country is facing is the economy. During his start, the pandemic had slowed down job growth due to lockdown. However, employment rebounded with 6.4 million jobs added. But other headwinds have arisen instead. A longer-term accomplishment may be his prolific appointment of judges – he has named more in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan.

Joe Biden is Still Pretty Unpopular
As President Joe Biden is preparing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Rep. Michael McCaul worries that he is not capable of standing up to China. McCaul said Biden is incapable of projecting his strength in these kinds of meetings. He is not the first to point out the president’s weak diplomacy. There are others who back this opinion.

Polls also consistently show that American voters don’t like Biden, maybe because he is not doing a good job. An AP-NORC survey shows that nearly 74% believe that the country is going in the wrong direction. Biden’s approval rating was 43%, and his disapproval rating was 56%. We can see on every rating that his negatives are higher than his positives.

Like Joel Payne, the managing director for communications at The Hub Project said – it seems like “Covid has taken down one presidency, and it could take down another one”.

Biden’s Job rating compared to other Presidents.
Biden’s job rating is lower than that of other Presidents. Trump’s job rating remained remarkably stable during his first two years.

Biden’s job rating is fairly comparable to Ronald Reagan’s (42%) and Bill Clinton’s (41%) at this stage of their presidencies, but lower than Barack Obama’s (46%). Those
three presidents – like Biden – lost ground over their first two years in office. Biden’s current rating is much lower than those of George W. Bush (61%) and his father, George H.W. Bush (56%), on the eve of the midterms in the second year of their presidencies. Positive views for both Bushes increased sharply during their early months in office – after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the case of George W. Bush and after the U.S. invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War in the case of George H.W. Bush – but subsequently declined.

Too old to Run again?
Joe Biden, at 79, being the oldest president in American history, intends to run for re-election, and I think that he has not done what he is capable of doing as president. He is too old for the second term, and I do not believe that President Biden will run again for health reasons and because he lacks mental sharpness.

As most in the party itself say that they would prefer a new candidate as their nominee he is facing calls from within the party to step aside. The age during the second term is again a concern. Age has become an uncomfortable issue for him and his party. I think we need an age maximum for the presidency. The issue puts Democrats in a difficult position as there is no clear alternative to Biden. However, Trump- a potential Republican candidate knows that the age card plays well and is keen to use it which he wrote on his social media platform.

Trump-Biden rematch.
The President needs to keep doing his job to run against Trump. Despite all the grumbling within his party, Biden still intends to run, and the voters are laughing at it. Biden, Trump, or a new face? Partisans on both sides want a nominee who can win, someone who really cares about others. We are on the wrong track and the country, however, it is crying out for something different. Former President Donald Trump has increased support for him being a better leader than President Joe Biden since Election Day, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll. The mounting issues on all fronts have led to the surprise conclusion that Trump is now seen as good a president as Biden. The poll indicates that he has improved his standing among voters since
November and he could garner significant support among Republicans. Trump has a drive for perfection. He will inspire people to be better than they are and have the hope that their efforts will not be thwarted by a bigger government.

The election will give the voters an opportunity to indirectly express their views on the presidency and the current direction of the country. But it also affects the stock market. Regardless of who wins, there’s generally an upside to the stock market when things settle down. Panic selling because your favorite politician didn’t win or political party didn’t dominate is likely to harm the investment performance. Like Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”.