CNN Political Director Warns Of ‘Troublingly Low’ Approval Ratings, Dangerous Trend For Biden

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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CNN Political Director David Chalian warned Thursday that President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are “troublingly low” and said it could spell trouble for his re-election campaign.

A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS found Biden faces a tough re-election campaign, with 46% of voters saying that any Republican presidential nominee would be preferred over Biden, with hypothetical matchups showing just former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley beating Biden. Among those polled, 58% say Biden’s policies have worsened economic conditions and 70% say things in the nation are going badly. Just 33% of those polled described the president as someone they’re proud to have as president.

The poll was conducted between Aug. 25-31 among a random national sample of 1,503 adults, including 1,259 registered voters and 391 Democratic and Democratic-leading independent voters. There was a 3.5+/- margin of error.

Chalian called the data a “rough snapshot.” (RELATED: Scarborough Calls Out MSNBC Analyst Who Tries To Downplay WSJ Poll On Biden)

“Look at that approval number over time. Since the spring, he’s been hanging out in this very low, troubling approval rating for him and It really has not fluctuated for him all that much,” Chalian said. “Take a look by party. You noted among Democrats, his approval rating is down a bit from where it was in July. He’s at 74% among his own party faithful. Independents, holding troublingly low for the president at 36%. Obviously, single digits among Republicans.”


“And look at how Biden stacks up against all of his modern-era predecessors at this point in their presidency. Going to draw a line here to show he’s hanging out in this category with Trump and [Jimmy] Carter. Something about Trump and Carter, they lost their reelection efforts.”

Chalian also said the mood in the nation is “hard news for an incumbent.”

A recent Wall Street Journal poll also spelled bad news for Biden, with former President Donald Trump leading Biden by 11 points on the question of who had a better record. Trump also led Biden by 10 points in perceived mental fitness to hold office. Fifty-eight percent of those polled said the economy has gotten worse over the past two years, with a majority of those polled disapproving of Biden’s handling of the economy.