Biden’s Tumble Unnerves Democrats

By: John Hood

RALEIGH — In a nationwide Reuters/Ipsos poll taken on August 11 and 12, approximately 51% of Americans approved of President Joe Biden’s job performance, while 43% disapproved. Just one week later, the same pollster found a strikingly different result: 46% approval, 49% disapproval.

As far as I can tell, it’s the first time Biden has been underwater in a major media survey. Given the disastrous consequences of the president’s retreat from Afghanistan — an unwise policy carried out with gross incompetence — the Reuters/Ipsos finding will prove no outlier.

Indeed, the John Locke Foundation’s new Civitas Poll depicts Biden’s tumble with North Carolina voters in stark terms. Our state has a redder electorate than average, of course, so it was hardly surprising that Biden got mixed results in previous Civitas Polls taken during 2021. In June, the numbers looked like this: 46% approval to 48% disapproval. In the just-released August poll, however, only 42% of North Carolinians approved of the president’s job performance while 53% disapproved.

If you graph Biden’s support since his inauguration, you can see gradual deterioration. That’s normal for presidents, who typically start out with skeptical voters willing to give a new leader the benefit of the doubt. Over time, some are won over. Others are lost. And partisan loyalties often reassert themselves.

But I don’t see the Afghanistan debacle as a garden-variety political dispute about budgets, regulations, or judicial nominations. Although the prospect disgusts me, I consider it highly likely that American citizens, not to mention Afghan allies, will be captured, brutalized, and perhaps even executed in front of video cameras.

If I’m right, public support for the president will crater. If Biden and the Democrats expect the issue to go away quickly, they are guilty of yet another catastrophic lapse in judgment.

Because I know many smart Democrats, in North Carolina and elsewhere, I suspect they are not so unrealistic. They know public confidence in the president is tottering on the edge of a cliff. They know that their own political fortunes are inextricably tied to his.

In the Locke poll, for example, North Carolina Republicans now lead Democrats by four percentage points in generic-ballot tests for Congress and legislature. Gov. Roy Cooper’s longtime net-approval has disappeared. There are other political issues in play, naturally, but like it or not the Afghanistan story is dominating the public’s attention.

Perhaps the president’s costly mistakes, and manifest inability to explain or take real responsibility for them, bother Democratic political operatives as much as they do everyone else. Or perhaps they are just unnerved by the sudden and sharp decline in their party’s political fortunes in the coming midterm elections. Something must explain why the politicos who run the Democratic caucus of the North Carolina House resorted last week to a grotesque calumny against the John Locke Foundation, the think tank I helped found and ran for a quarter of a century.

On August 19, a man from Grover, North Carolina parked a pickup in front of the Library of Congress for several hours, claiming to have explosives and rambling on about Afghanistan and the president. The authorities quite properly treated it as a potential terrorist incident. Thank goodness they were able to bring it to a close and take the man into custody without injury or loss of life.

“While we are grateful this ordeal is over,” snarled a tweet from the official account for North Carolina House Democrats, “it is a reminder of the continued danger posed by the extreme narrative being pushed by groups like @FoxNews, @ncgop, and @JohnLockeNC.”

There is no evidence linking the pickup driver’s actions to any messages conveyed by the Locke Foundation or the other institutions. To allege otherwise is, as Locke CEO Amy Cooke and President Donald Bryson put it, “abhorrent to civil government.”

I can understand Democratic activists being anxious and fearful about their party’s immediate future. But its problems weren’t concocted by conservative media outlets. They were birthed in the White House.

John Hood is a John Locke Foundation board member and author of the new novel Mountain Folk, a historical fantasy set during the American Revolution (MountainFolkBook.com).

13 COMMENTS

    • Illegitimate lies have consequences also
      Especially when it comes from the
      C- Communist
      R- Republican
      T- Tyrants

      #LIE& DENY

    • No doubt an election is “illegitimate in “A. Abernathy’s mind , not because of evidence, as he has none, but merely because he says so.

  1. Sad to say, but the poll taken on August 11 and 12 where 51% of Americans approved of President Joe Biden’s job performance says it all. Democrats are not smart unless you call evil and cunning smart. The current administration and the people who elected them are a joke.

  2. Quote: “There is no evidence linking the pickup driver’s actions to any messages conveyed by the Locke Foundation or the other institutions”

    There’s no legitimate evidence of any widespread or any election fraud, but that LIE is implied and perpetuated by the John Locke Foundation. HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!

    #LIE&DENY

    • John, I’m conservative, but I agree with you on this one. Biden won because the man received the most votes just as Cooper did. Many conservatives voted for them and that fact put them in the winners circle. Those who beat the dead horse of election fraud are either uneducated or just bored with their lives.

      • Doc, unfortunately it’s probably both. I’m glad to see that other conservatives can see through the LIES.

        • I am a liberal progressive liberal and I watched at 10 PM the vote counting stop in a orderly way across the country. I slept well knowing Trump was so far ahead and that the number of votes needed to beat Trump was being made in the production lines and would be counted in Durham and Charlotte along as Raleigh to tilt the vote even in Roy’s favor. I know my conservative friends know this but as long as it gives us this great liberal progressive liberal life we are living now who cares.

      • If you have to say you’re a conservative, Anonymous Andy on the internet, then you’re not one. You democrats are just too easy spot..

      • Exactly. I’m neither conservative nor liberal, but this nonsense about the election being stolen was old a long time ago. It’s almost been a year – if something did happen then we would know about it by now.

        As for conservatives voting for Biden this time – I agree. I know a lot of people who would prefer to vote conservative, but Trump just wasn’t the person who needed to be in office. He gave our country a bad reputation.

        • Wait until the One sided Arizona unsupervised election audit from the Trump loving Cyber Ninjas paid for by Trump comes out. The perpetual lie will continue. It’s unfortunate that people can’t see through his stupidity.

          The orange man lost fair and square get over it

          LIE & DENY

  3. I’m sorry and i disagree with John Hood 100%. The Socialist-Communist Democrats are reaching for totalitarian power so they will never have to win another election by having better ideas again. Folks the Socialist Democrats are in lock-step all the way down even into our school boards. Look at the audacity and condescending move of $180-K-Carroll did by moving into closed session and wanted to spend that kind of money and only one board member felt it was wrong. Think about this TaxPayers and Parents not but one out of seven board members felt in their heart that nothing was wrong with this action. Now ask your self this question, $180-K-Carroll knew how to do this from his previous experience from being on this school board right? Now we need to know how many millions $180-K-Carroll may have back-doored with this same procedure when he sat on this same board in the past? Back in the days when we didn’t have a Ron-Jon to speak out and make these dark shadow business practices public. We will never know!!!

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