Joe Biden has routinely sought to contrast himself with former President Donald Trump, consistently arguing that he is far more competent and better equipped to unify the country. But it doesn’t seem Americans are buying it.
A new poll shows the current U.S. president actually has a lower net favorability rating than his predecessor in the White House, according to U.K.-based outlet The Times.
It’s a stunning development, considering that Biden essentially rode the wave of Trump’s low favorability to electoral victory in 2020.
Apparently thanks to multiple mounting crises both at home and abroad, Biden’s favorability has slipped to 46%, while Trump’s was notched at 48%, the poll found, according to The Times.
Crunching the numbers
The figures come from the most recent survey by Harvard CAPS-Harris, which granted The Hill exclusive early access to the results of its poll of 1,578 registered voters between Sept. 15-16.
The poll found that Biden was slightly underwater in terms of his net favorability rating, with 46% of respondents thinking favorably of him and 49% expressing unfavorable views. Trump was just slightly above water, with 48% favorability and 47% unfavorability.
The Hill noted that those numbers mark a “remarkable shift,” as Biden had, up until now, easily outperformed his predecessor with regard to his favorability rating among the American people.
Making matters even worse for Biden, 51% of the poll’s respondents said Trump was the better president, compared to 49% who said Biden was better.
More bad news for the White House
“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, co-director of Harvard CAPS-Harris, said of the results of the survey, according to The Hill.
“Since Trump lost the popular vote by five points, Trump getting 51% as a better president is actually an improvement from Election Day,” Penn added.
The poll also turned up devastating numbers for some of Biden’s top officials, especially when compared to their predecessors in office. For instance, solid majorities favored former Vice President Mike Pence (55%) over current Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (63%) over his successor, Antony Blinken.
Penn explained that “people see Pence as a better VP by 10 points and overwhelmingly see Pompeo as far better than Blinken, who has been out front on Afghanistan.” And as more pollsters report similar findings, it seems the bad news for the Biden administration just keeps adding up.