A Democratic pollster and strategist delivered concerning news to President Joe Biden, suggesting potential challenges for his presidency.
To secure victory in elections, Democrats traditionally rely on winning the majority of certain demographics, including minority, LGBTQ, and young voters. However, during an appearance on CNN, Stan Greenberg indicated that these voter groups are showing signs of shifting toward former President Donald Trump.
“’This is grim.’ Those are the words of the veteran Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who teams up with James Carville at the Democracy Corps, found young voters, black voters, Hispanic voters, LGBTQ voters, all of them collectively gave Donald Trump a higher approval rating than President Biden,” CNN anchor John King said to the Democrat strategist.
“Yes. I reiterated it was grim because there is a path. The grim is in that the base is a problem. We’re behind in this race in the base. Approval of the president is lower than that of Trump in the base. Probably the hardest part about that is that if the issues at play, it’s not just we’re not doing well now and inevitably the structure of the race will come back,” the strategist said.
“I think we’re dealing with issues of prices, wages not keeping up with inflation. We’re dealing with crime. We’re dealing with the border. We’re dealing with issues that eroding our people on the issues. We can, I believe, get them back. I think there’s a path in this poll. there’s a structure that’s actually pretty democratic if you look beyond the president’s numbers,” he said.
Biden has been promoting his economic plan, “Bidenomics,” claiming that his policies have improved the lives of Americans. However, according to poll results, individuals are expressing that Bidenomics has led them to reduce their spending this Christmas season. In a survey conducted for Empower’s 2023 holiday spending report, a significant 74 percent of the 1,000 respondents stated that inflation has compelled them to cut back on holiday expenses. Additionally, 31 percent mentioned working extra hours or taking on additional jobs to afford their holiday expenses, as reported by Fox Business.
“The survey shows that over a third (34%) are trimming their budgets in favor of saving this year, while others are cutting back on buying gifts or non-essential expenses like dining out to stay on track,” Empower representative Courtney Burrell said to Fox Business.
“How you allocate your holiday budget will depend on what’s most important to you – this year, you may prioritize travel to visit family that you typically only see during the holidays over decorations or cut back on social commitments in order to give yourself a larger budget for holiday gifts,” she said.
“Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they plan to spend less than $250 on gifts this year, and more than one in 10 told Empower they are budgeting more than $1,000,” the report said.