Joe Biden sat in stunned silence over the results of the first poll taken since he launched his re-election bid

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While it wasn’t a surprise, Joe Biden’s announcement that he was running for re-election still raised eyebrows.

More and more Democrats are second guessing Biden’s decision.

Joe Biden sat in stunned silence over the results of the first poll taken since he launched his re-election bid.

Bad news for Biden

Gallup just released its latest survey results about President Joe Biden’s job approval ratings, and the results weren’t good for the incumbent President.

But even worse was the timing of the poll.

The poll came out just three days after the official announcement of Joe Biden’s re-election bid.

According to Gallup, “Biden’s decision to seek a second term comes at the weakest point in his presidency.” 

In fact, Biden’s overall approval rating is at an anemic 37 percent.

That’s the lowest result Gallup has ever gotten for Biden’s approval rating since the beginning of his Presidency.

But that wasn’t even the worst news for a President seeking a second term in office.

Losing the Independents

The President’s approval among Independent voters was a shockingly low 31 percent.

This is tied for his lowest number among Independents since his inauguration.

But that is good news for the GOP nominee, as most political observers believe it was these same Independent voters who gave Biden the win over Trump in 2020

The direction of the numbers can’t make the Biden campaign happy.

His approval is down five points from February and another three points from March.

In comparison, both Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump were in the low forties at this point in their Presidencies and neither won re-election to a second term.

That trend does not bode well for a second Joe Biden term.

A bad economy and a new rival

Gallup’s poll showed Biden’s falling numbers were likely tied to the economy, which has also worsened in recent months. 

Three-quarters of those surveyed said the economy was getting worse compared to 19% who said it was improving.

“His support has mainly been stuck in the low 40% range since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan,” the pollster wrote. “Now it has fallen below the 40% mark for just the second time in his presidency, as Americans’ confidence in the economy slips further.”

Gallup pointed to high gas prices and inflation rates, higher interest rates, and announced layoffs as contributing to the perception of a weak economy.

Another factor is the addition of a high-profile Democrat candidate.

A new poll found Biden losing significant support soon after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced his 2024 Presidential bid.

“My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign, and throughout my Presidency, will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism on our country,” Kennedy said in his announcement.

USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll released just before the announcement found Kennedy already had the support of 14 percent of those who voted for Biden in 2020.

Of course, Kennedy still has a long way to go.

But as his numbers rise, Biden’s continue to fall.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.