Mark Penn, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, recently shared insights on President Joe Biden’s current political challenges and what actions he needs to take to improve his standing before the 2024 election.
This commentary comes in the wake of a Fox News poll conducted between November 10 and 13, which revealed significant disapproval among registered voters regarding Biden’s performance in various key areas.
The poll indicated that 57% of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of national security, with similar sentiments expressed about his stance on the Israel-Hamas war with 55% disapproval.
More concerning for the Biden administration are the figures related to economic issues: 69% disapprove of his handling of inflation and 65% are dissatisfied with his management of the economy overall. Additionally, the poll suggests that in a hypothetical electoral matchup, former President Donald Trump would currently outperform not only Biden but also other potential Democratic candidates, including Vice President Kamala Harris, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Penn highlighted the strength of Trump’s current polling compared to his past performance, noting a contrast with Biden’s weaker position.
“Right now Trump is polling a lot stronger than he has in the past. Biden, you know, [is] weaker. Look, if the election were held today, according to the polls, Donald Trump would win even though we had some elections just recently where Democrats did better than expected,” Penn said. “There is a year to go here. The president has to fix the economy, do something about immigration, do something about crime and show that he can have the international leadership to move to something in Ukraine and Israel. He has a huge job.”
Penn also drew comparisons with past presidents who faced similar challenges in the polls.
“Now, I’ve been with presidents that were back like this. President Clinton was back like this, not as late as this, they can turn around, it’s a lot of work,” Penn said. “And you know what, if he doesn’t, he’s gonna be in the same position. We know he’s gotta move the numbers. He’s gotta get moving on some of these issues.”
This analysis is further supported by a recent New York Times/Siena College poll, which found Trump leading Biden in five out of six crucial swing states.
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