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Polls Show Biden, Democrat Elite Are Too Far Left for Their Own Voters

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AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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While Republicans and moderates are certainly none too pleased with the Democrat Party and its policies in recent years, a deeper dive into the numbers shows that Democrats’ real problems also extend within their own traditional base of support. If recent polling is any indication, Biden and Democrat elites have moved far too left even for the party faithful. Democratic leadership’s embrace of a radical social and economic agenda is threatening to fracture, split, and alienate rank-and-file Democrat voters—and perhaps turn millions of them into Republicans.

According to a McLaughlin poll from late last month, Biden’s approval rating sits at 41% – around the level it has been since January. What has changed, however, is a sizeable drop in support among Biden’s base: 25% who voted for him in 2020 now disapprove of the job he is doing. Even more significantly, 19% of registered Democrats disapprove – a high figure for an incumbent President.

In another poll from Civiqs, Biden’s approval rating sits even lower at 36%, with his approval rating among Democrats at just 74%. For reference, Donald Trump had 90% approval among Republicans in the same poll at the same point in his presidency during a midterm election year. In fact, Trump’s approval among Republicans increased over time as he passed key legislation such as tax cuts, whereas as Biden, who began with over 90% Democrat approval, has only declined.

This is bad news for Congressional Democrats who, up until now, have hitched their wagon to the far left agenda that Biden has pursued as president, with a recent Trafalgar poll showing that on a generic congressional ballot, 48% would vote Republican and 39% Democrat. This nine-point spread, according to pollster Robert Cahaly, is “a little more than normal” in a midterm election year. And, “just because somebody said [they’re] going to vote for a Republican for Congress does not make them a Republican,” he added, meaning a significant number of Democrats are unhappy with what they’ve seen from their own party thus far.

All this suggests that on key issues where Biden and Democrats have worked to implement their policies – such as the border, spending, taxes, and education – they have moved far to the left of where the average Democrat voter stands. Squad member AOC unknowingly admitted as much last April when she said that Biden had “exceeded” progressive expectations since coming into office.

A Data for Progress survey offers further context for just how radical Biden and Congressional Democrats have become compared to ordinary Democrat voters. On progressive policies ranging from “Medicare for All” to the carbon tax, support was consistently higher among Democratic elites (defined as “those who hold significant authoritative roles in government, or those outside government whose occupations position them to influence those inside government as a significant part of their job”) than likely Democrat voters. The survey found, for example, that while more than 95% of Democrat elites support a carbon tax, just 75% of likely Democrat voters did. On immigration, too, a greater share of Democrat elites supported a “path to citizenship” among those already illegally in the country than average likely Democrat voters. At the very least, this points to an ideological rift between the ultra-progressive elites and the party’s own supporters.

As Biden and Democrats have worked to enact the progressive agenda, problems have grown, support has predictably lagged, and their polling has fallen.

On energy, for example, a recent Trafalgar poll shows roughly 30% of Democrats said Biden should step down if gas prices reach $8 per gallon. Another Trafalgar poll showed a whopping 67% of Democrats said Biden should increase American energy production in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Instead, Biden asked other countries to pump more oil, at the same time proposing roughly $43.5 billion in tax hikes on U.S. gas and oil production. Pair this with a HarrisX poll showing that 36% of Democrat voters are not willing to pay more in taxes to address climate change, and this means that Biden and Democrat elites have almost certainly overestimated support among Democrat voters for their radical climate agenda at the cost of day-to-day living.

On crime, a February Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 62% of Democrats feel that defunding the police is a factor in the increase in violent crime. Regardless, Squad members like Cori Bush won’t let the unpopular policy go, and Biden has focused his crime policy on “gun control.”

On the border, there are also serious problems for Biden and Democrat leaders. Last June, a YouGov poll showed just 27% of Democrats said there is “no crisis” at the border – a shockingly low number which has likely only fallen since. Now, as Biden is set to repeal Title 42, an April Trafalgar poll shows 22% of Democrats say that the border should be closed until a solution is reached. Among Hispanic voters, this figure is a whopping 65%. For a president who relied on winning 59% of the Hispanic vote in 2020, that number is troubling indeed.

Perhaps even more glaringly, the Democratic elite’s embrace of woke, gender-bending language and ideology is also deeply out of touch among average Democrat voters. Biden’s consistent use of the word “Latinx” – which only 1 in 4 of Hispanics have even heard of – is an example of this. And according to a Public Opinion Strategies poll from March, when presented with the actual text of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s parental rights bill, 55% of Democrats support it. Moreover, 67% of Democrat voters do not want to see gender removed from passports. The Biden State Department has already issued “X” passports.

On abortion, turns out the politics are not so cut and dry as Biden and Democrats in Congress would have us believe. An AP-NORC poll from June of last year found that 80% of those surveyed said that third trimester abortions should be illegal in “most” or “all cases.” Regardless, Biden and Democrat leaders are pushing legislation that would in effect codify the right to abortion up until the moment of birth. Moreover, Biden’s spending proposals do not include the Hyde Amendment – even though a January Marist poll shows 29% of Democrats do not support taxpayer dollars funding abortions.

On virtually every issue that matters to Americans, Biden and Congressional Democrats have opted for the far left approach, leaving them egregiously out of step with their voters. Election results are beginning to confirm as much. After Ohio’s special election last week, for example, longtime Democrat strategist James Carville said that the loss of Nina Turner – a Bernie-backed progressive (and the “darling of the urban left”) – to the more establishment Democrat Shontel Brown was a major wakeup call to those in his party. He urged Squad members Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib to “start reading the election results” because “nobody likes you.”

But if the better part of these past two years have been any indication, Democrat elite policy objectives are so entrenched that there is little chance – and little desire – for a course correction. As more Democrat voters grow increasingly disenchanted, Biden and Congressional Democrats risk not just losing elections, but destroying their coalition entirely.

Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch.

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JimDy
JimDy
2 years ago

Why did it take so long for them to realize that they are so wrong in there thinking about America.
Every one of them should be ashamed of themselves for letting America getting into this mess.
God will fix everything very very soon, thank you Lord!!!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years ago

Very few Democrats in my area support Biden now, and if the recent Bond election tells anything, people are entirely fed up with this administration. The more people that are let over the border, the more he risks alienating his party altogether. People are usually all for the school system, but they aren’t all for a school system when it’s getting over run with a huge amount of children who are NOT citizens of the United States or our typical migrant children. We are used to some illegal aliens but not thousands of them.

Tea Tephi
Tea Tephi
2 years ago

This Biden administration doesn’t seem to care how badly the people think of them, the instead seem only interested in accomplishing their horrid policies as fast as possible. And I ask myself why all the destruction. They must really hate America.

MariaRose
MariaRose
2 years ago

As long as they have an untraceable money source, they are going to continue to be the loudmouths they are. The only thing that they are pro at is being social media influencers which unfortunately the younger generations seem to think as the source of absolute truth instead of actually doing the research and questioning the statements posted. Anyone can edit facts to present alternative wording. These progressives need to have facts thrown in the face more often so they can show their true faces ( selfish narcissists) who only care about themselves

Tps
Tps
2 years ago

Poor leadership hurts both parties, just took awhile for some to feel it.

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
2 years ago

I am so encouraged that common sense may win out.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

Just be careful as the socialist democrat party will do anything to steal another election. Soros and zuck money will buy votes and watch the polling places. These people have no scruples and will do anything to stop any Republican from taking office.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Poll or no poll democrats will march over dead bodies

Phoenix
Phoenix
2 years ago

Leftists don’t care. Anything to the right of them is a rancid magat! Even if you have pictures of mao in your house! And voted democrat in every election your entire life

Their goal is to push the economy and every foundational entity and system in the country as far they can to ruin if they can’t ruin it outright. So no matter who takes over it cannot be fixed.

So then the country will beg for them to help and bring in the reset

Comrade you’ll own nothing and be happy

They just leave out the “ or else”

Rank and file rube citizens don’t matter

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Biden’s handlers (because HE is too incompetent to do ANYTHING) are all radical socialists/Marxist/communists (take your pick). They do not care about NORMAL people. They cater to domestic terrorists, billionaire globalists, and sex freaks of all types.

RC100
RC100
2 years ago

Yeah!… but why does everyone but me keep calling them “Progressives?” That is just more Orwellian-speak. I used to call them “lords”, liberal, oppressive-regressive Democrat socialists. But the more I used the term, the more I remembered that liberal once meant a person was for limited government and individual freedom. Exactly the opposite of the Democrat party. More Orwellian-speak. They are the party of slavery, the Civil War, segregation, Ku-Klux-Klan, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam War…. you get the idea.

RC100

Howard Goldsmith
Howard Goldsmith
2 years ago

Good article!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Good for OUR side

Patty
Patty
2 years ago

At this point, I am most concerned about Election Integrity. It won’t matter if the Democrats get 0 votes…. If they manage to pull off ANOTHER “grand theft” !

Neal Christensen
Neal Christensen
2 years ago

Disappointed though they are, they will still vote Democrat because they won’t acknowledge the truth. No…they won’t become Republicans.

KAJ
KAJ
2 years ago

His approval rate is nowhere near 41% What a total lie.

Beverly
Beverly
2 years ago

I want to hear what Reps are going to do POSTIVE to improve ALL LIVES. Not get stuck in holding meetings to impeach etc. Let all see WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT equality not handouts. Improve morality

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

You mean there are no Democrats dumb enough to believe that Bidens border policy - or rather NO border, policy - is good for them?..That official Democratic stance of letting all - and as many of illegals as want to - enter US unhindered, that not many DNCs believe that this is good for them?…Unbelievable. Biden is just stunned, that there would be ANY DNC`s who would not accept several of illegals into their homes, as “their kids”, as Biden is doing. LOL.

Earl Chantrill
Earl Chantrill
2 years ago

I used to vote Democrat, especially as a member of National Education Association, but could no longer hold my nose on social issues with which I disagreed. I have been a loyal Republican since Reagan. I’m happy to see that more and more Democrats are also being disgusted by the far Left.

Ken Westenkirchner
Ken Westenkirchner
2 years ago

Take the party title & the politics out of the elections…no democrat, republican, liberal, conservative, MAGA, Left, Right, socialist, Marxist, fascist etc.
If u believe 1. America First: 2. Regulated borders with immigration law reform; 3. Low crime, safe streets & laws enforced; 3. Strong economy; 4. Firm world leadership; 5. Strong military; 6. Less government control for the people & by the people; 7. Abortion rights determined by the people at the local/state level using the democratic elective process 8. Take care of the environment through consistent changes to improve it; 9. Energy independendence; 10. Free civil speech.
Everyone wants that except a select few on the outer edge…come November we will change the current toxic environment of leadership (lack of?) in the swamp

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

One poll wants Biden to resign if gas hits $8/gallon. I hope not, as that means we are really in major trouble. This article says Biden wants to raise taxes on oil producers & just how is that going to make the oil producers trust the government & want to make long range plans to increase production. Biden needs to come out & say “I changed my mind & will not get rid of fossil fuels in USA. Also, he is pulling 1M gallons out of strategic oil reserve & he did not put any of that into reserve & what is his plan to replenish oil at $300 bbl or leave this to the next administration to fill back up. This reserve should be for emergency such as war & not to put a band-aid on energy costs.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

Biden talked about inflation yesterday & stated that he has decreased Fed Debt by $ 1.5Trillion this year. How is that possible & so is Debt now that much below $30T at current time? How has he decreased the debt this year & one must remember it has increased for 13-years straight from 2008-2021. This debt has tripled since the first year Obama took office in 2008.

J C
J C
2 years ago

democrats have always been a (k)clan nothing has changed since their inception except they are 110% worse than the originals..

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

Thank goodness all the democrat voters are not brain dead. Biden is surrounded by extremists and their ridiculous ideas and democrats may like Biden but most Americans are hurting right now because he is caving in to the extremists in his party.

David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

Have you ever wondered that the last 4 letters in Democrat is c rat?

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Their coalition should be destroyed. DemonRats have been actively working to destroy America since 1960. And since 1980 they have done nothing but lie to Americans about what they are trying to do (fully destroy America).
Unless demonRAT voters wake up and start supporting politicians who support America, they win.
Get rid of every demonRat.

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

It all makes no differance at all if in the 2022 elections the marxist democrats and rinos are not completely removed and embarrassed!!
This anti American, innoral,corrupt, dishonest group of self serving scum MUST BE REMOVED!
We the People must save Our Country and Freedom!
Yes, the marxist democrat party and their radical policies are out of control and BAD FOR AMERICA !

David P Nelson
David P Nelson
2 years ago

I have said this from the beginning.
The Biden Administration is destroying our great Country from day one!

Enuf Said
Enuf Said
2 years ago

I am NOT interested in ANY poll– only interested in voting the fools out!!

Enuf Said
Enuf Said
2 years ago

It took 2000 mules to elect 1 JACKASS!!

Art
Art
2 years ago

This incompetent “ship of fools” doesn’t get it. I hope that they don’t catch on. They apparently are wearing blinders and ear plugs. They have their wetted fingers up to catch the way the wind is blowing. Perhaps what they are feeling are the winds of change and it is not for them.
TO THE POLLSTERS. PLEASE TELL ME HOW ALL OF THESE POLLS SEEM TO BE NEGATIVE BUT JOEY STAYS AT 41%. DO YOU NEED TO POLL OTHER GROUPS???

Mike B.
Mike B.
2 years ago

The Democrats are adding gasoline to the fire . Wait a minute, at almost 5 dollars a gallon here in Illinois, they might not be able to afford the gas . I hate to wish my life away, but I want to see voting results in November . These creatures are destroying the great US of A . There’s a lot of Republicans that side with these creatures also. I’m optimistic our votes will count . Vote November.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Maybe a significant fraction of dyed-in-the-wool DemocRats is starting to realize that the leadership of DemocRats swivels about as closely to Communism as it can get without even the News Media majority recognizing it. Rigged elections like the one that elected Joe Hidin’ Biden show that the DemocRat Party is NOT controlled by constitutional democratic principles, but instead follows the precepts and concepts of Communism, including a ruler and governing body pulling strings in the background. The Democrats seek to control the people like they were puppets on political strings … not a duly elected voting body to ensure Constitutional democracy is maintained and preserved.

old silk
old silk
2 years ago

He loves lying, and he lies. It is who he is.

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
2 years ago

I think Biden actually believes his own lies. He is a sick puppy.

Grace
Grace
2 years ago

What disenchanted Democrats are you talking about? When the bell rings all the programmed Democrats will march right back into the fold. All will be forgiven and forgotten. Don’t waste your time thinking there might be a new sense of reality for Democrats. Socialism is in their DNA now. .

Thomas Thompson
Thomas Thompson
2 years ago

Democrats didn’t vote FOR Biden in the first place…..they were voting against Trump !

BwaHa
BwaHa
2 years ago

I find it humorous that biden’s alienated his own voting base via his inept “leadership” or, quite frankly lack of leadership. The fool’s a shill for the global elite, the global left. He’s unfit for office yet, the libs keep him propped up during the day to make it look like ol’ slo’ joe’s standing on his own. Hardly, he’s failing on all fronts. Joe’s handlers should be rounded up and charged with geriatric, impaired elder abuse at least! But, in the meantime show ol’ slo’ joe the door and have him take that Kamel-ah beast with him!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

S
S
2 years ago

The democrats push for a so-called progressive agenda should not even be considered progressive at this point. They’ve become so radical that their agenda is seemingly more in line with Marxism / Communism, so one has to wonder…is this really their plan? Just look around…they’re not even trying to hide their radical agenda any longer. They’ve certainly not done anything to reverse the negative impacts to our spiraling economy in the past 18 months. Everything they’re doing now is intentional…to “fundamentally” destroy our way of life and ultimately, our country! No wonder they are losing their base!

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