New Polls on Biden ahead of State of the Union

February 6, 2023


President Biden is set to deliver the State of the Union on Tuesday with new polling finding Americans—and specifically, Democrats—not exactly fired up about the job he’s doing.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 62% of Americans think Biden has accomplished “not very much” or “little or nothing” during his Presidency, versus 36% percent who said he has accomplished “a great deal” or “a good amount.”

That same poll was not complimentary to Republicans, either. Sixty-eight percent of Americans surveyed said they had “just some” or no confidence in President Biden to make the right decisions for the country’s future—but that’s compared to 72% who felt that way about Republicans in Congress, 70% about Democrats in Congress, and 71% about House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). 

As for Democrats, 77% say Biden has accomplished at least a good amount, versus 32% of Independents and just 7% or Republicans polled. 

A new Fox News poll, meanwhile, compared registered voters’ confidence in specific individuals. While Biden polled the highest, still only 45% said they had a “great deal” or “some” confidence in the President. That’s compared to 44% for both former President Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts, 40% for Attorney General Merrick Garland, 39% for Speaker McCarthy and 38% for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 

When asked which trait best describes America today, 81% of those polled by Fox News said “dysfunctional family” versus just 16% who said “tight knit” family. That first number is up from 71% in 2020 and 77% in 2016. 

Meanwhile, a new Associated Press-NORC poll found that just 37% of Democrats said they want Biden to seek a second term, down from 52% in the weeks before last year’s midterm elections.

Overall, 41% of all adults polled approve of how Biden is handling the job of President, while only 22% of U.S. adults overall said he should run again, down from 29% who said so before last year’s midterm elections.

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