PBS GOES THERE, Dares to Report on Biden’s Collapse: ‘Lowest Approval Ratings’

Poll after poll shows the collapse of the Biden government, yet the networks continue to try and pretend that everything is fine. Just this week, ABC, CBS and NBC ignored polling showing the Democrat at 40 percent in one poll and 37 percent in a another survey by Grinnell College/Selzer & Co.

The PBS is still available. NewsHourOn Tuesday night I went to the site and bravely reported on the terrible news about Biden. Introducing Ann Selzer, President of one of the polling outlets the networks ignored, Judy Woodruff highlighted how Americans are “dissatisfied with President Biden’s leadership.” She told her viewers: “You found he’s facing some of his lowest approval ratings yet. He’s 37 percent approval, 50 percent disapproving.”

 

 

Selzer gave the following bad news:

We also took a look at how he’s doing with COVID. This is, you could say, the highest watermark for him. He still doesn’t get 50 percent approval on how he’s doing with COVID. This is his benchmark issue. The economy also doesn’t approve of him at 36 percent. As the economy changes, so does his standing. So it’s no surprise that that number, at 36, is almost exactly what his overall numbers are for approval.

Selzer described how Biden treats women and independents, perhaps explaining the reason the liberal networks are trying to conceal the horrible news.

These are the two main groups I want to highlight. One is that he is gets more disapproval by a lot with independents than approval, so it’s almost a 2-1 ratio, twice as many disapproving as approving. His electoral victory was made possible by the independents. He also is underwater with women, although not as much. His strongest supporters were women during the entire campaign.

CBS, ABC, and NBC skipped Tuesday’s Grinnell/Selzer survey and Quinnipiac poll that showed the Democrat at 44%. Although the Biden presidency appears to be in trouble, it’s doing it in spite and not due to mainstream media. They are in protective mode.

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PBS NewsHour

10/20/2021

7:22 PM ET

JUDY: JUDYWOODRUFF A new national poll paints a troubling picture of an American electorate worried about the future of democracy, sharply divided on issues of personal freedom, and dissatisfied with President Biden’s leadershipThis is the result. Ann Selzer is here to guide us through this result. She is the president of Selzer & Company, which wrote the poll, in collaboration with Grinnell College. Ann Selzer: Welcome back to NewsHour. It’s very good to see you. There are many striking questions that you can ask about. Let’s start with the question regarding people’s faith in democracy. These results show that the vast majority of Americans believe that democracy is under threat. We see this number being driven by Republicans. 71 percent believe that, as opposed to 35% of Democrats. This is what do you think?

J. ANN SELZER (Selzer & Company, Inc): Well, the reason we wanted to go after this was a focus by Grinnell College on looking at the health of American democracy. We tried to approach it with sideways questions, but now we are tackling it directly. Is America’s democracy under serious threat, minor threat, or not at all? Both sides have had sobering talks about how the threat is currently. This poll shows that Republicans are the greatest perceived threat. They listen to Republicans talk about how the election was stolen and about the broken electoral system. This has led to a perception that democracy poses a threat. However, Democrats do not feel nearly as worried about democracy’s future.

WOODRUFF: Fascinating. We have also seen much conversation and a lot editorials about threats to democracy from the Democratic side. It is so fascinating to see the results. Ann Selzer asked you about President Biden. We see in what you found he’s facing some of his lowest approval ratings yet. He’s 37 percent approval, 50 percent disapproving. This is what you think of the issues behind it.

SELZER Well, in terms of issues, we ask for approval ratings in how he’s doing with immigration, which — where he scored very poorly, just 27 percent approving. We also took a look at how he’s doing with COVID. This is, you could say, the highest watermark for him. He still doesn’t get 50 percent approval on how he’s doing with COVID. That’s the benchmark issue. The economy also doesn’t approve of him at 36 percent. As the economy changes, so does his standing. So it’s no surprise that that number, at 36, is almost exactly what his overall numbers are for approval.

These are the two main groups I want to highlight. One is that he is gets more disapproval by a lot with independents than approval, so it’s almost a 2-1 ratio, twice as many disapproving as approving. His electoral victory was made possible by the independents. His underwater presence is not as great, but he’s also very popular with women. Throughout the campaign, women were his most loyal supporters. Although he does better among suburban women, it’s not something to be proud about. It’s 46 to 38 percent more approving than disapproving, but he’s not even halfway with suburban women, and they were a bulwark of his campaign.

JUDYWOODRUFF: Yes, they were. That was very interesting. Also, you asked people about their trust in community leaders. The question asked for people’s opinions on their confidence and trustworthiness in civil servants like teachers, doctors, and police officers. This revealed a wide range of political views.

SELZER The only group to be tested uniformly regardless of party affiliation was nurses. 68 percent said they had high trust. There were very few differences between Democrats and Democrats. Doctors and scientists also scored well with over 60% saying that they have high faith. But among Republicans, it’s just 28 percent who say they have high trust in scientists. Once you look at these figures, they sort of reveal the things people have been saying and talking about. The Democrats put a lot into the communication of COVID between scientists and doctors. These data show the Republicans aren’t buying it.

WOODRUFF : We also saw in the same question low confidence levels in federal employees. Another thing I would like to talk about is the Supreme Court. You asked respondents about whether they think — what they think drives the decisions that the justices make; 62 percent, bipartisan, think the Court’s decisions are driven by politics and would support 15-year terms, term limits for members of the court. This is really fascinating.

SELZER This was also evident in the suggestion of changing the way justices are appointed so that they have a fixed term. Perhaps it’s fifteen years. It received the same support, at 62 percent. Again, it was very minor partisan differences.

WOODRUFF – That number, which assumes that courts are driven by politics is clearly on the rise. Ann Selzer again has so many pieces — this poll, to be admired.

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