CNN Paints a 'Grim Portrait of Biden's Unhappy America'

Analysis comes after liberal network found 60 percent disapproval of president

February 11, 2022

The day after a CNN poll found that nearly 60 percent of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden, the liberal cable network released an analysis that shows just how miserable Americans are under Biden.

The piece by CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson, headlined "A grim portrait of Biden's unhappy America," outlines how the nation is "exhausted by a two-year pandemic," "struggling against rising food and gas prices," and facing inflation that "climbed to a near-40-year high last month."

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans blame Biden for those challenges, the poll found. Just 41 percent approve of how he's handling his job, matching his FiveThirtyEight polling average, while 58 percent disapprove.

When CNN pressed respondents who disapprove of Biden to name any action by the president of which they approve, a majority, 56 percent, couldn't name a single thing.

"He's not Donald Trump. That's pretty much it," one respondent said.

"I really like his new cat," said someone else.

Collinson wrote that many respondents' despondence comes from Biden's self-inflicted wounds. Some Americans see the president's enormous social spending plan as "a betrayal of the moderate image he had cultivated on the campaign trail," while "the pandemic's refusal to loosen its grip over the first year of his presidency hammered his reputation for competence."

And Biden's botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Collinson said, was "a parable of presidential incompetence."

"This foul national mood is primarily a disaster in the making for Democrats in November's midterm elections," Collinson declared.

The CNN poll is far from the first to find abysmal polling numbers for Biden ahead of November's midterm elections. A shocking Quinnipiac poll last month found that just 33 percent of Americans approve of his performance.

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