It is a safe bet that Joe Biden doesn’t think his presidency is going quite the way he imagined it.
High inflation, skyrocketing gas and diesel prices, a nagging supply chain crisis, food and baby formula shortages, and a porous southwestern border have all contributed to equally high levels of anger, resentment, and frustration among Americans.
And in fact, historically speaking, Biden’s job approval rating is getting so low in some polls he could be bordering on impeachment territory. More on that in a moment.
CBS News reports:
America’s mood is uneasy and worried. Amid continued inflation and stock market declines, large majorities describe their mood as such, and the percentage who call the economy bad has hit highs for the Biden presidency. The number who say things in the country are going badly overall is at the highest level of President Biden’s tenure, too, as pessimism about the market, the economy and prices drives views looking forward — and outweighs optimism about both jobs and coronavirus, as we head into summer.
Looking ahead, there is large — and growing — pessimism about the national economy, the stock market and inflation. In fact, outlook on the costs of things gets the most pessimism of the items tested, followed by pessimism about the national economy.
Most are also pessimistic about their plans for retirement, and on the heels of a stock market downturn, two-thirds of those who have money invested in the market are pessimistic about it.
The network went on to say there was optimism regarding jobs and the coronavirus, but the latter is waning after having run its course. And more Americans — far more — are worried about their pocketbooks, being able to even have enough money to buy fuel to get to work, and having enough left over to buy high-priced food.
On impeachment, a new shock poll found that 68 percent of GOP voters want Biden impeached if the party wins control of Congress.
“The pollster predicts pressure to impeach will only increase among Republicans,” Mediate reported, citing the survey.
While just over one-third of the poll’s 1,000 respondents (34%) say that a GOP-controlled House should impeach Biden, 68% of Republicans and Trump voters and 66% of conservatives all would like to see the President charged by Congress for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, the formal criteria for impeachment laid out in the Constitution. Asked if they think that a Republican-controlled House actually will impeach Biden, 44% of the poll’s respondents said they think it will, while over half of Republicans (53%) said they think it will.
“The decision to impeach a president was once viewed as a last resort to reign in a president who pushed or broke through the boundaries of our laws, values and ethics,” said Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science at UMass Amherst and director of the poll.
“Today, impeachment is no longer a final option, but one of many weapons to be used in an era of rampant partisan polarization to gain an upper hand on one’s partisan opponents. With a number of Republican members of Congress calling to impeach President Biden, the chorus will likely grow louder if and when the Republican Party takes control of the U.S. House in 2022,” she added.