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Former President Donald Trump may have left office earlier this year way down in some polling, but his favorability ratings have rebounded significantly since, especially over the past few weeks as his predecessor, Joe Biden, continues to stumble.
The current president’s handling of the Afghanistan pullout was perceived to have been a disaster by a large number of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans. His reversal of Trump’s immigration and border enforcement policies have been blamed on attracting more than 1.3 million illegal immigrants since he took office in January, perpetuating migrant crises like the one involving some 15,000 Haitians who gathered in makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last week. An increasing number of Americans are worried about escalating inflation, brought on in part by massive government spending before and after Biden was inaugurated. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with new mandates imposed by
All of which have had a deleterious effect on the current president’s approval ratings to the benefit of the previous president.
The Hill reported:
President Biden and former President Trump are statistically tied when it comes to their favorability among U.S. voters, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey shared exclusively with The Hill on Monday.
Forty-eight percent of respondents say they have a positive view of Trump compared to 46 percent who say they have a favorable opinion of his successor. Biden’s favorability is slightly underwater, however: 49 percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of the current president, while slightly less — 47 percent — report an unfavorable opinion of Trump.
The findings are a remarkable shift for Biden, who repeatedly outperformed Trump’s favorability numbers throughout the early months of his presidency.
According to the poll, 51 percent of respondents say they believe that Trump was a better president compared with 49 percent who prefer Biden.
“The mounting issues on all fronts have led to the surprise conclusion that Trump is now seen as good a president as Biden, suggesting the honeymoon is being replaced now with buyer’s remorse,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, noted.
“Since Trump lost the popular vote by 5 points, Trump getting 51 percent as a better president is actually an improvement from Election Day,” he added.
Statistically, Trump and Biden are tied in terms of favorability, but the increase in popularity for the 45th shows a significant amount of so-called ‘buyer’s remorse’ on the part of Biden voters, most likely.
“The latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey also shows Biden’s overall approval rating under water for the first time since he took office. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed say they approve of the job he’s doing in the White House, while 50 percent disapprove,” The Hill went on to report, citing the survey.
The CAPS-Harris Poll results follow an analysis by CNN’s Chris Cillizza on Friday, in which he noted Biden’s tumbling approval ratings in key battleground and early primary states like Iowa.
“It’s the rare poll that makes an entire party sit up and take notice. The new Iowa poll is one of those polls,” he wrote.
“Just 31% of Iowans approved of how Joe Biden is handling his duties as president while a whopping 62% disapprove. Biden’s disapproval number is below the lowest ever measured by ace pollster J. Ann Selzer for former presidents Donald Trump (35%) and Barack Obama (36%),” he added. “Biden’s approval on pulling American troops out of Afghanistan stands at a meager 22%. Approval for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is now just 36% among Iowans.”
Selzer went on to say that it’s “a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now.”
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