The support for Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden is slipping according to recent polls. Biden’s unfavorable rating has been steadily increasing since he announced his candidacy in April. According to the RealClearPolitics national poll average, only 42.2 percent of voters view Biden favorably while 45.6 percent view him unfavorably. This is in stark contrast to the 54 percent favorability rating he enjoyed when he first announced. The unfavorable ratings for Biden have been ascendent in virtually all oversamples, including those from all major polling organizations.
The polling data reinforces analysts’ predictions that Biden’s candidacy was unlikely to improve the Democrats’ chances of winning in the general election. Biden’s support among key Democratic constituencies — African Americans, young people, and independents — are all in decline. He has also been unable to gain traction with swing voters and is losing support among base Democratic voters who are backlngng away from his candidacy.
Without the fervor among Democratic primary voters that fuel other candidates’ campaigns, Biden’s poll numbers are likely to continue to deteriorate. His poll numbers could be further damaged if he is unable to articulate a clear, cohesive policy platform to differentiate himself from the other Democratic candidates.