The birthday blues for President Joe Biden continued on Tuesday as new poll data showed him losing to Donald Trump by seven points and to a generic Republican candidate by a whopping 11 points.
A NBC News poll shows that American voters would rather have another Republican than Biden in the Oval Office, as the president lost by double digits, 48% to 37%, to an unnamed candidate.
Meanwhile a Messenger/Harris poll shows Trump, who is leading the Republican presidential nomination, easily defeating Biden: 47% to 40%.
Biden, who turned 81 on Monday, continues to face questions about his age – he is the oldest American president in history – and his ability to keep up with the rigors of the presidency. But some Democrats are now defending him, saying it’s time for the party to stop hand-wringing and support the president.
President Joe Biden is losing to a generic Republican candidate by 11 points in an NBC News poll
But polling data continues to show voters are concerned about their decisions in next year’s election, with many telling pollsters they would like to see another option besides Biden or Trump.
In the Messenger poll, a majority of voters believe Biden (67%) and Trump (55%) should not run for a second term.
However, only 25% of Republicans said that about Trump, while 40% of Democrats said that about Biden.
Additionally, the NBC News poll found Trump lost to a generic Democratic candidate by 6 points — 46% to 40% — although by a narrower margin than Biden.
And in the NBC News poll, Trump beats Biden in a head-to-head matchup by just 2 points: 46% to 44%.
But while some prominent Democrats — like former Obama strategist David Axelrod — express concern about Biden, others defend the president.
“I don’t see any prospect of an alternative at the moment.” I think Joe Biden is in really good shape mentally. I was with him for two hours on Wednesday evening. “He is astute, informed and extraordinarily discreet and insightful in his comments on very sensitive policy areas such as Israel and domestic challenges,” Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told The Hill newspaper.
“He will beat Donald Trump if Democrats rally behind him and stop the hand-wringing and eye-rolling,” he said.
And Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan urged Democrats to stop hand-wringing and support the president.
“To all my fellow Democrats – STOP!! We need to stop wringing our hands over the experts and surveys! Tuesday proved it! “This was the poll that counted and voters voted decisively for Democrats and our values,” she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Many Democrats, including Biden himself, called the election results earlier this month — Ohio’s abortion victory, Gov. Beshear’s victory in Kentucky and Democrats’ legislative victories in Virginia — a good sign for their party.
“Since I stepped away from the sidelines to take on Donald Trump, we haven’t stopped winning and he hasn’t stopped losing,” Biden told donors at a fundraiser in San Francisco last week.
“You remember Trump telling us he was going to win so much that we would get tired of winning,” he said, adding, “Oh man, I shouldn’t start with that.”
“Let me tell you one thing that is true. We are tired of Trump. “The truth is, the guy can’t get tired of losing,” Biden said as the crowd roared in applause.
But others continue to voice their concerns.
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod warned over the weekend that Biden only has a 50-50 chance of winning re-election and that he shouldn’t count on Donald Trump helping him win.
Axelrod, who criticized Biden’s age and his decision to seek a second term, said Maureen Dowd of The New York Times that Hillary Clinton mistakenly thought that Trump, as the Republican nominee, would win her the election and that Biden should not make the same mistake.
“I think he has a 50-50 chance here, but not better, maybe a little worse,” Axelrod said. “He thinks he can cheat nature here, and that’s really risky.” They have a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win the election for them. I remember Hillary did that too.’
Recent New York Times and Siena College polls showed Joe Biden trailing Donald Trump (above) in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania
Youngest Survey by The New York Times and Siena College that showed Biden lagging behind Trump In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Only in Wisconsin is Biden ahead by 2 percentage points. Biden won all six states in the 2020 election.
Axelrod and other Democrats warned about Biden’s re-election chances in the wake of the poll results.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that it was Biden’s experience – over 50 years in government – that counted.
“There’s no alarm going on behind the scenes, and I’m certainly not going to comment on everyone who has something to say,” she said at her daily news conference.
“What I can say is how we see it, what our perspective is.” “In our view, it’s not the age that matters, it’s the experience of the president.”