Colin Reed: Biden's awful approval ratings tell us he has completely misread the issues people care about

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Biden approval plummets as Democrat infighting stalls spending bill

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has the latest on ‘Special Report.’

As America kicked off a new workweek staring at sky-high energy prices, President Joe Biden woke up to an equally unpleasant set of numbers of his own: an approval rating that had sunk to a dismal 38 percent, according to the latest survey from USA Today/Suffolk University.

The two sets of numbers are more related than anyone in the embattled administration may care to admit. Their response to the ongoing crisis will greatly impact whether they can reverse their current tailspin. Early signs are not hopeful, either on the policy or political front. 

Numbers this low are usually reserved for the latter half of a president’s second term when the nation is ready for a new direction. But for Biden, the poll comes less than a year after his inauguration, less than a week after his Democrats suffered a series of setbacks in the off year gubernatorial races and exactly one year before the country decides control of Congress for the remainder of his first term, where the GOP now enjoys a 46%-to-38% advantage on a generic congressional ballot.  

About the only silver lining in the dismal approval numbers for Biden was that his second-in-command, Vice President Kamala Harris, clocked in even lower with just a 28 percent approval rating. 

The information flow around Biden has gotten so bad that even positive moments for the administration, such as Friday’s jobs report or the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, barely register. 

By constricting fossil fuel supply ahead of winter when demand increases, the actions of the Biden administration have sent energy prices higher across the board, from pain at the pump to shortages of propane and natural gas. 

The increase in prices not only squeezes middle-class wallets, but it also represents a violation of Biden’s oft-repeated pledge not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 dollars per year.

If the policies are unconvincing, the efforts to sell them to a skeptical public are even shakier. When initially asked about increasing energy supply, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm laughed in the host’s face, and called the question “hilarious.” When queried about the prospect of $4 dollar a gallon gas, Granholm responded, “We certainly hope not.”

Hope, as they say, is not a strategy.  It’s no wonder a Quinnipiac Poll last month showed a majority of Americans – 55 percent – describing Biden as “not competent.” Incompetence is a tough word to bounce back from.

Over the weekend, Biden was quoted in a Washington Post story about a man jumping off a 100-story building: “On the sidelines of a climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden exchanged pleasantries with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who asked him how he was doing. “So far, so good,” Biden replied. He added: “There’s this old joke. A guy jumps off [a] 100-story building. As he passes the 50th floor they asked him how he’s doing. And he says, ‘So far so good.’ ”

It was a strange analogy for a presidency in peril, but give Biden credit for one thing: if current polls are to be believed, the American public agrees with his assessment of his administration – it’s in freefall. 

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