Poll finds that Biden is losing key supporters

A new poll could spell really bad news for President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

What the poll shows, according to the Washington Examiner, is that Biden is losing the support of those voters who, after initially supporting former President Donald Trump, switched to voting for Biden during the 2020 presidential election. 

The poll comes from J.L. Partners, the Republican public opinion research firm. The pollster surveyed 663 purple voters between January and April of this year.

The so-called “Purple voters”

These “purple voters” are those who voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election and then voted for Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

James Johnson, the founder of J.L. Partners, explained why his pollster focused on this particular group of voters.

In short, Johnson believes that these purple voters, who account for roughly 4 million of America’s voters, are going to be pivotal in the next two election cycles: this year’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.

The results of the poll

What J.L. Partners found is that only 30% – 3 out of every 10 – purple voters indicated that they would vote for Biden again in the future.

What’s more, is that only about 20% – 1 out of every 5 – of these purple voters said that Biden is doing “very well” as president.

This is in line with countless other recent polls. Real Clear Politics, the site that aggregates polling data, has Biden’s average approval rating at only 41.6% and his average disapproval at 53.4%, meaning that Biden is currently underwater, on average, by 11.8 percentage points. And, these results are not a one-off: they have been this way for a long time now.

J.L. Partners’ poll is also in line with other polls when it comes to the reason why Biden’s numbers are so bad. The Washington Examiner reports that Johnson:

. . . attributes Biden’s and Democrats’ deteriorating purple voter support to disappointment over their handling of the economy and immigration policy as well as their promise to unite the country. Democrats retain their advantage over Republicans regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, purple voters’ top concern, and healthcare, according to Johnson.

Looking ahead

Just because Biden is driving these purple voters away, though, doesn’t mean that he is necessarily driving them toward Trump or other Republicans. Rather, J.L. Partners found that a focus on Trump and the 2020 election would only drive them to Biden and the Democrats.

Johnson said that, based on the results of his poll, “the GOP would do much better targeting their message on inflation, as well as crime and the border.”

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