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“The worst political environment I have experienced in 30 years”

President Joe Biden’s campaign pollster John Anzalone said Friday that the political environment in 2022 is the worst he has seen since Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992.

“It’s the worst political environment I’ve been through in 30 years,” the famed Anzalone told Politico Playbook of Biden’s America.

Anzalone may be right. Thirty years ago, income inequality was dramatically lower, milk cost around $1.13 a gallon, and the Soviet Union was dissolved and would soon withdraw from Germany.

Today, income inequality is skyrocketing, milk costs around $4.02 a gallon, and Russia has invaded Ukraine. Inflation has reached 40-year highs. The southern border remains unsecured. Fentanyl overdoses have increased. Gas prices have reached record highs. Low wages have declined. Supply chains have broken down. And the nation felt deeply embarrassed by the murderous Afghan withdrawal.

Anzalone said Biden’s America is in such disarray that even the Democratic-controlled Senate is in danger of being taken over by Republicans in November. Anzalone appeared to strike out the House altogether.

“There’s a big difference between losing 7 and 10 House seats and getting your ass kicked and losing 35, 40. … I think we really have the ability to keep the Senate,” he said. . “No one is going to sit there as a Democratic consultant and try to make you believe this is anything but a really sour environment for Democrats.”

Anzalone’s analysis of Biden’s ‘really sour environment’ is backed by polls.

Sixty-nine percent of voters think the nation is on the wrong track under Biden. Only 33% of Americans approve of Biden’s work performance. Less than 25% of voters strongly believe Biden is mentally fit, healthy and stable. Now that Biden is president, only 36% of Democrats want him on the 2024 ticket.

Biden’s dire poll calls into question whether Biden will seek another term. To this question, Anzalone said he had “no idea” but noted that he had “no indication that he won’t Course.”

“And I think … a lot of us think that if Trump runs, there’s no one else who could beat Trump. [other] than Joe Biden. … You go head-to-head and Joe Biden is still ahead of him. Not much – one or two points,” he claimed. “Even at his lowest approval rating, he still beats Donald Trump.”

But on this subject, the polls say the opposite.

Numerous polls, here, here and here, indicate that former President Donald Trump is leading Biden in a hypothetical one-on-one matchup in 2024. In fact, an April poll found Trump leading Biden by at least minus five points.

Alex Wong/Getty Images, inset: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images, BNN Edit

It’s unclear how Anzalone’s misjudgment on current polls may negatively impact Biden’s midterm calculations. But with Republicans gaining ground in the “worst political environment” in 30 years, Democrats appear to be heading for trouble in November.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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