President Joe Biden appeared to dismiss his sagging poll numbers and approval rating during a press briefing following the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday.
After he gave an opening statement that focused on his interactions with world leaders at the summit and laid out what he wants to see happen at a United Nations Climate Change Conference coming this week, Biden agreed to take questions from reporters, saying, oddly, “I’m told I should start with AP — Zeke Miller. Zeke, you have a question?”
Miller, with The Associated Press, honed in on a message Biden has frequently touted on the global stage — that “America is back” — while noting that “back at home your poll numbers have fallen.”
“Your party’s nominee for governor in Virginia is facing a very tougher than expected race,” while Biden’s domestic vision for the country is flagging in Congress, Miller continued.
“Your party spent months trying to negotiate the centerpiece of your domestic legislative agenda,” Miller continued. “We’re one year now since your election…and you’ve done a lot in your year in office to turn the page on the last administration, but we’ve seen how presidents can turn the page very quickly from one to the other. So why should the world, you know, believe that when you say America is back, that it is really it’s here to stay?”
“Because the way they reacted, you were here” Biden replied. “They listened, everybody sought me out, they wanted to know what our views were, and we helped lead what happened here.”
“It’s just very simple if you’re honest…you are honest, I didn’t mean to imply that you weren’t…but that, we were, we got significant support here. Significant support,” Biden continued, appearing to struggle with his words.
“We’re the most…the United States of America is the most critical part of this entire agenda. And, uh, and we did it,” Biden continued. “And look, the polls are gonna go up and down and up and down. They were high early, then they got medium, then they went back up, and now they’re low. Look — look at every other president, the same thing has happened.
“But that’s not why I ran,” he went on. “I didn’t run to determine how well I’m gonna do in the polls. I ran to make sure that I followed through on what I said I would do as president of the United States…I’m not running because of the polls.”
Released over the weekend, a new NBC News survey found Biden’s overall approval rating has fallen to 42 percent, but the poll contained a bevy of bad news for Democrats overall.
In addition to Biden’s tanking approval rating, nearly three-quarters surveyed — 71 percent — said they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Among them: 48 percent of Democrats feel that way.
“Maybe even more troubling for Biden, just 37 percent of adults give him high marks — on a 5-point scale — for being competent and effective as president, and only 28 percent give him high marks for uniting the country,” the network reported, citing its survey.
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