When it’s all said and done, the presidency of Joe Biden will be remembered as one of the strangest in American history.
Biden was a stop-gap candidate, goaded into running by the Democrats, (and Mitt Romney), as a way to steal away enough midwestern moderate voters to keep Donald Trump from being elected for a second term in 2020.
Then, when he ascended to office, Biden’s lackluster policy pacing gave the American people the impression that he was just as reluctant a leader as he was a candidate.
And now, as we prepare for yet another grueling two year electoral cycle, Biden’s enthusiasm is again a problem…particularly for candidates that may find themselves endorsed by the President.
An endorsement from President Biden makes an individual “less likely” to support a candidate, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday found.
The survey, released on Election Day, asked respondents, “If a candidate was endorsed by President Joe Biden, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for that candidate?”
A plurality, 46 percent, said a Biden endorsement would make them “less likely” to support a candidate, while 28 percent said it would make them “more likely” to support them. Nearly a quarter, 24 percent, said it “would not make much of a difference.”
Further, a plurality of independents, 43 percent, also said a Biden endorsement of a candidate would make them “less likely” to support that individual.
While Biden’s time in office has certainly been problematic at times, this latest revelation is a far more damning indication of the issues facing the Democratic Party in the coming months.