Recent statistics from FiveThirtyEight have unveiled disapproval ratings that paint a striking picture of American sentiment. Both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden face nearly equivalent levels of disapproval among voters, with 56% holding unfavorable views of Trump and 55.7% expressing disapproval of Biden.
Even within the Democratic camp, President Biden is grappling with significant unpopularity. A recent CNN poll disclosed that merely 33% of liberal voters favor the Biden administration continuing until 2028, while a substantial 67% prefer an alternative Democratic nominee for the upcoming presidential election.
On the contrary, Trump enjoys substantial support within Republican ranks, consistently leading in polls for the GOP presidential nomination. Nevertheless, a report from FiveThirtyEight suggests it’s premature to declare his victory in the primary as an absolute certainty, categorizing his chances as “likely” or “probable” rather than “certain” or “highly likely.”
Former Republican New York Representative John Katko, speaking on ABC News‘ “This Week,” sounded the alarm within the Republican Party. He pointed out that Trump’s disapproval ratings are on par with Biden’s among the general electorate, emphasizing that the Republican Party should be concerned.
“Trump is not beating him. Trump’s even with him. And so that should send off alarm bells in my opinion in the Republican Party,” Katko asserted. He argued that Republicans could miss an opportunity to gain an advantage over the Democrats if they explore alternative candidates.
Among these contenders, Nikki Haley stands out as the only Republican presidential hopeful to outperform the president. According to the CNN poll, the former South Carolina Governor and U.S. ambassador to the UN leads with 49% compared to Biden’s 43%, while other GOP candidates are neck and neck with the president.
Katko also emphasized the significant age gap between Haley and Biden, with the former being nearly 30 years younger than the 80-year-old president. Katko concluded by highlighting the importance of this age difference to voters, suggesting that it is a factor they are carefully considering.
The CNN poll additionally revealed that concerns about Biden’s age are not limited to Republicans. A significant portion of Democratic voters share these concerns, despite reassurances from individuals close to the president, such as Vice President Kamala Harris. Approximately 56% of liberal voters expressed serious concerns that Biden’s age could negatively impact his current level of physical and mental competence.