On Thursday, all three evening newscasts ignored a brand new CNN poll showing President Biden’s approval ratings are continuing to collapse, with nearly six in ten Americans saying they disapprove of how Biden is handling his job as President.
While ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News all ignored the poll, they did manage to find time to report on the cleanup efforts from a tornado in Kentucky and a brushfire in California.
While CNN did find time to report on their own poll, anchor John King did everything he could to downplay the numbers and blame Americans for not giving Biden credit for the good things he’s done, whining “It is not sinking in out in America”. Nevertheless, King did break down the devastating numbers:
Let's just go first to the threshold number you always focus on the midterm election year. Do you approve of President Biden's job performance? We'll look at how bad these numbers are for the President. Only four in 10 Americans, 41 percent at the moment approve of his job performance. Nearly six in 10 — 58 percent — disapprove. That's a tough number for early in a midterm election year for the President of the United States.
King then went looked at the next polling result that was even more disastrous for Biden and the Democrats “we asked people: what has President Biden done for you that you approve of?” King explained “56 percent of Americans — nearly six in 10 Americans, that means, a decent amount of Democrats — said nothing, they disapprove of everything that has happened.”
Over at Fox News during Special Report’s All-Star Panel, guest and former Reagan Secretary of Education Bill Bennett said the first year of Biden’s presidency was “the worst first year of a President in American history.”
Fellow panelist and radio host Hugh Hewitt agreed and mentioned Biden’s polling numbers. “Yeah. It's getting to the point where even 538 the Democratic-leaning analyst says the lowest approval rating is now tied down to where President Trump was after one year.” Hewitt continued “the new poll out today shows that 56% of Americans, 56% cannot name one thing they approve of Joe Biden doing in the first year.”
He even argued that Biden did at least one thing right that Biden still won’t get credit for: “My gosh, he got a puppy, he at least got a puppy. Give him that credit. It was a terrible year for Biden.”
Anchor Bret Baier chimed in that while we’ve “got a long way to November.” These polling numbers “got to have Democrats shaking.”
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FNC’s Special Report
BILL BENNETT: Whether we are talking about inflation or crime, or Afghanistan or the border, it's extraordinary. This is–I believe this is the worst first year of a President in American history.
BRET BAIER: The worst first year of a President in American history. Bill?
BENNETT: I believe it.
BAIER: Hugh, do you believe it?
HUGH HEWITT: Yeah. It's getting to the point where even 538 the Democratic-leaning analyst says the lowest approval rating is now tied down to where President Trump was after one year. But President Trump had strong supporters. At least after one year. The new poll out today shows that 56% of Americans, 56% cannot name one thing they approve of Joe Biden doing in the first year. My gosh, he got a puppy, he at least got a puppy. Give him that credit. It was a terrible year for Biden.
BAIER: CNN came out I think and said that was a percentage of the people who disliked or disapproved. Nevertheless, if you look at the RCP polls President Biden's job approval 40.6. Harold. Disapprove 53.8. The economic approval. This is worse. 38.3 to 57. These are average of the recent polls. And then this one the direction of the country, 27.6% right direction. Wrong direction 65.1 percent. Those are numbers that we’re, in February, got a long way to November. They got to have Democrats shaking.