In recent private discussions within the White House, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have expressed their dissatisfaction with the President’s persistently low approval ratings, sources reveal. This discontent was notably voiced by President Biden following a traditional turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House.
According to insiders who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, President Biden criticized the ineffectiveness of his economic messaging. This criticism comes despite indicators of economic growth and a decrease in unemployment. The Biden family’s grievances are not new; for several months, both Joe and Jill Biden have been sharing their frustrations with close aides and friends, especially concerning comparisons with former President Donald Trump in public opinion polls.
The White House, through spokesperson Andrew Bates, declined to comment on these private conversations. Bates stated, “We routinely do not engage in discussions regarding the President’s private conversations. However, the President and the First Lady regularly engage with their top advisors to receive updates and strategize.”
A recent Wall Street Journal poll has brought to light some challenging figures for the Biden administration. In a theoretical matchup, Trump is leading Biden by 47% to 43% and holds a lead of 37% to 31% in a scenario with multiple independent candidates. Furthermore, the poll reflects a general dissatisfaction with Biden’s policies, with only 23% of respondents feeling positively impacted, in contrast to 53% who believe they have been adversely affected.
Long-time Biden supporters and Democratic Party affiliates acknowledge the President’s waning popularity. They often reference instances from the 2020 primaries, where Biden’s campaign faced significant setbacks before eventually securing the nomination and the presidency.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Michigan, while affirming her support for Biden, acknowledged the prevailing discontent in the country. She also raised concerns about Biden’s re-election chances in Michigan, echoing sentiments about his unpopularity among state Democrats.
Former Congressman Conor Lamb shared his thoughts, highlighting the disconnect between the administration’s achievements and public perception. He mentioned that despite the administration’s efforts to fulfill its 2020 campaign promises, these achievements have yet to resonate with the public. Lamb described the Democratic Party’s current state as one of uncertainty regarding bolstering support for Biden’s campaign.
Requests for comments from the Biden campaign were not immediately returned.