Right. I know that subject line sounds pretty obvious. However, an interesting article in The Atlantic examines some of the recent polling more closely, and comes up with some interesting insights that go beyond the usual day to day issues in the news.
What new polls reveal about American priorities
First of all, all the polls and aggregations skew liberal, so the numbers may well actually be worse than represented. The polls that The Atlantic looks at are: the RealClearPolitics average, the FiveThirtyEight trend line, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, and an NBC News poll (which got the most media buzz).
All the polling data shows Zhou's numbers plunging--virtually in freefall. The author, Russell Berman, sets up the "easy explanation" for the terrible ratings: the debacle in Afghanistan. That's pretty obvious, after all, and it's reflected in the polls. However, Berman then goes on to point out that a closer examination reveals bigger trouble ahead--Afghanistan doesn't even make the list of important issues for poll respondents. That means something else is driving the plunge in the polls:
The easy explanation for these numbers is that the public is blaming Biden for the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. ...
A closer look at these surveys, however, suggests that the larger—and, for Biden, potentially more worrisome—factor in his declining support remains the pandemic. The NBC poll asked respondents what they considered the most important issue facing the country; the coronavirus was the top choice, while Afghanistan didn’t even make the list. ... Simon Jaworski, the president of the U.S. office of Leger, which regularly conducts polls for The Atlantic, told me that Biden’s approval rating in its surveys had fallen significantly in the month before the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan.
One data point has jumped out to pollsters more than any other. From April to August, the percentage of people in the NBC poll who said that the worst of the pandemic was behind us plummeted by 24 points (from 61 percent to 37 percent). “These days, we just don’t see shifts like that in a lot of political measurements,” Jeff Horwitt, the Democratic half of the bipartisan polling team that ran the survey, told me. Leger measured a similar sentiment and saw an even more dramatic dip, from 60 percent in early July to just 32 percent about five weeks later.
For many Americans, the surging Delta variant has snuffed out the optimism they had in the spring. Consumer confidence has dropped sharply during the summer, as has the public’s overall assessment of the economy. People are naturally taking out their frustration on the president. Approval of Biden’s handling of both the pandemic and the economy has declined in recent polls. “This is really much more about COVID and people’s feelings about how this has been handled—the trajectory of the virus,” Horwitt said.
I believe it's safe to say that any president--or occupant of the White House--will typically suffer in the polls when things in the country are going badly. No matter who really came up with the policies, when those policies backfire blame is assigned to the person at the top unless a clear scapegoat can be found. The Dems know this, and we can see them flailing about seeking to assign blame: It's a pandemic of the unvaccinated! Your unvaxxed neighbor is trying to kill you--he may as well be pointing a gun at you! We've all heard similar nonsense. It's politically motivated scapegoating and it appears that, increasingly, Americans are filtering out the propaganda. The problem is twofold:
1. The gene therapy injections were sold to the subject population on a false premise. People were led to believe that the injections were like familiar vaccines, and that submitting to the injection would allow them to return to a normal life. The flow of the revelations, however, runs distinctly against that narrative. Importantly, the attempt to sell the booster injections--to combat the Dread Delta--is falling distinctly flat as it reveals the ineffectiveness of the 'miracle' injections that were originally pushed on the populace.
2. As bad or worse, however, the Dems are revealing themselves as taking sadistic glee in making life painful for normal people--including school children who aren't even at risk. As Americans learn more and more about the real risks and the real threats to their freedoms and livelihoods, the reality of overbearing and distinctly unsympathetic Dem rulers takes center stage.
All the other Dem induced and fully owned problems--CRT in the schools, runaway inflation for normals in an economy mishandled while the Wall St. casino remains in full swing, surging crime--play into this picture of unrepentant incompetence and even disdain for normals. The Afghan debacle is the cherry on top. And the overwhelming likelihood is that it will all just get worse in the coming months. Zhou, of course, is the face of all this. Even the media is fed up:
Who did this? pic.twitter.com/ShNbu3u3Pl— Leslie McAdoo Gordon (@McAdooGordon) August 25, 2021
Here's some more bad news for Dems, which helps explain why Zhou and his keeper remain in at least part-time occupation of the White House. Kama Sutra's numbers are even worse than Zhou's. In fact, they're unprecedentedly bad:
America just doesn’t have a good “feeling” about Vice President Kamala Harris.
Here's a tweet that explains it all--the headline is far from exaggerating the situation. Moreover, as with Zhou, each new day brings a new misstep:
There is no prospect for a turnaround any time soon. America may be finally getting woke to the reality of what has been foisted on us.