By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — President Joe Biden’s vilification of Americans he has billed as “Trumpies” and “MAGA Republicans” isn’t sitting well with a majority of voters, according to a new poll from Convention of States Action.
The Democrat’s Labor Day speech in Milwaukee doubled down on the divisive rhetoric he spewed during a nationally broadcast address last week in which he accused former President Donald Trump and his supporters of undermining democracy and equality. In a botched attempt to walk back some of his more controversial statements, the far left president who fancies himself a unifier told the assembled at Labor Fest, “Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican.”
“Not every Republican embraces that extreme ideology,” Biden said.
It appears the president isn’t helping his sinking cause with about two months to go to mid-term elections that could spell disaster for his leftist agenda in the next congress.
The Convention of States poll, conducted by renowned pollster the Trafalgar Group, found nearly 57 percent of American voters believe Biden’s primetime address last week represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict among Americans.
Just 35 percent of the 1,000-plus likely voters surveyed think it is acceptable campaign messaging to be expected in an election year. Another 7.7 percent of respondents were not sure.
The poll was conducted Sept. 2-5, covering Biden’s Labor Day speech in which he referred to millions of voters as “Trumpies.”
“These numbers reveal that most voters were sickened and deeply disturbed by what they saw last week. When you couple this finding with previous polling we did indicating a majority of voters also hold President Biden responsible for America’s divisions—it’s clear that the man who promised to unite the nation has become the most divisive President in American history,” said Mark Meckler, President of the Convention of States.
In speaking to an organized labor crowd in Milwaukee, Biden took particular aim at what he called the “extreme MAGA Republicans in Congress” who have “chosen to go backwards, full of anger, violence, hate and division.” That political indictment followed Biden’s characterization of the philosophy of Trump and his backers as “semi-fascism” at an event for Democrat donors late last month.
The overheated rhetoric is a move by Biden to punch back against Republicans who have successfully painted his presidency as radical, inept and a disaster to the U.S. economy. His poll numbers remain dangerously under water, although they’ve risen a bit in some surveys.
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll from early last week showed Biden’s approval rating at a miserable 38 percent. A Quinnipiac University poll saw Biden’s job approval rating found Biden’s job approval rating up 9 percentage points, at 40 percent, in the month of August.
Democrats, expected to lose the U.S. House and possibly the Senate in November, need a much better Biden in the coming weeks if they have any chance at reversing mid-term pounding.
“Biden’s overall approval rating has been below 50% for over a year as Americans have grappled with high rates of inflation and an economy scarred by the COVID-19 health crisis,” Reuters reported, noting the Democrat’s popularity it the news outlet’s poll bottomed out at 36% in May, June and July as inflation and gas prices soared.
Another kind of political poll shows just how worried Democrats are about Biden’s negative pull.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Democrat running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, skipped out on appearing with Biden in Milwaukee on Monday. Barnes claims he was just too busy at other events around the state honoring workers.
Republicans blasted Barnes for his convenient excuses, tying the Wisconsin liberal to Biden’s far left policies.
“Joe Biden’s candidate in Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes, is a soft-on-crime radical who supports higher taxes and is a cheerleader for Biden’s disastrous agenda,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said. “While they march today, Biden knows Barnes will march in lockstep with him if elected. Wisconsin voters won’t let that happen.”
The Convention of States poll suggests broader trouble for Biden’s divisive rhetoric:
- 4 percent of Independent voters believe President Biden’s recent primetime address to the nation in which he accused his political opponents of representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic” represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amongst Americans. 31.2 percent believe his speech was acceptable campaign messaging, 6.4 percent are not sure.
- 1 percent of Republican voters believe President Biden’s recent primetime address to the nation in which he accused his political opponents of representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic” represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amongst Americans. 4.7 percent believe it was acceptable campaign messaging, 6.2 percent are not sure.
- 7 percent of Democratic voters believe President Biden’s recent primetime address to the nation in which he accused his political opponents of representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic” represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amongst Americans. 70.8 percent believe his speech was acceptable campaign messaging, 10.4 percent are not sure.
“When voters tell you they think that the prepared remarks of a sitting President of the United States is a dangerous escalation and was designed to incite conflict, we are living in terrifying times,” Meckler said. “Perhaps even more terrifying is the fact that a huge majority of Democrats think this was just a routine, election year stump speech.”
Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 7, 2022