When asked about his failing presidency, Joe Biden once quipped he wasn’t worried. After all, he said, 81 million Americans voted for him. He seemed to think that kind of support would never change, no matter what he did. I guess his handlers have been hiding his newspapers because it seems his approval just can’t get worse.
More than a few of that “81 million” voters have seen the light. After almost a year of broken promises, bad decisions, and baffling blunders, most of America appears to be turning on old Joe. And his party—who seems unwilling to confront him—is getting much of the heat, too. Because the latest numbers are shocking, no matter who you are.
Republicans now sport a historic 10-point advantage when Americans are asked which party they prefer to control Congress, holding a 44%-34% margin over Democrats. That’s up from a 2-point Republican advantage in the October survey.
In the past 20 years, CNBC and NBC surveys have never registered a double-digit Republican advantage on congressional preference, with the largest lead ever being 4 points for the GOP.
Simply put, we’ve never seen these kinds of numbers before. Not when Trump and the GOP won big in 2016. Not when Republicans flipped Congress in 2010. Not even when other big conservative names won elections. Republicans hold a 10-point lead against Democrats going into the 2022 midterms.
Never in the last 20 years have Republicans held just an advantage against Democrats. Democrats always tend to poll better than Republicans, partly due to the media’s bias toward the left. Often pollsters favor liberals as well, so for an outlet like NBC to produce numbers like this is pretty eye-opening.
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But it’s consistent with what we’ve seen, even going back into last year. Republicans gained seats in the House in 2020, as Democrats lost seats. As this year’s rolled on, Democrats controlling Congress have failed to deliver on any promises they made. And that’s not mentioning Biden, whose failures continue to drag them down.
We’ve already seen signs of this red wave. This year, key elections broke in favor of conservatives. Democrats were shocked to see Republicans sweep elections in the blue state of Virginia (and other places). Yet they assumed it was because they hadn’t passed Biden’s radical spending bills. But even after getting his “infrastructure” bill passed, their popularity continued to decline.
Nobody can predict what will happen next year. But the signs seem to be getting clearer and clearer. Americans are blaming Democrats for the flagging economy, open border, and endless other problems. Biden broke his promise to “build back better” and unify the country. And to this day, he continues to push unpopular policies.