The poll of 1,500 registered voters showed that a majority of voters (57%) disapprove of President Joe Biden's job performance, while 63% of registered voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and 65% of voters believe the economy is headed in the wrong direction.
Those are horrible numbers for the Democratic Party, which exercises the most political control in Washington. The sentiments also underscore the uphill battle Democrats face if they want to retain that control after the 2022 midterm elections.
In fact, a majority of respondents in the Journal poll overwhelmingly believe that Biden — the head of the Democratic Party — is not focused on the right issues, and disapprove of his handling of the economy, inflation, the border crisis, immigration, and crime. They also agreed that Biden is not a strong leader.
Compounding problems, the poll found that more registered voters are likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats (46% to 41%) in the upcoming election. Thus, they believe the Republican Party is the antidote to the problems that Biden and Democrats have failed to fix.
Despite all of those problems, it somehow gets even worse for Democrats: Republicans are making significant inroads among Hispanic and black voters.
In fact, since the last Journal poll in November, Republicans have gained nine percentage points among Hispanic voters, while Democrats lost 21 points among black voters. In the November survey, 56% of black voters said they favor voting for a Democrat in 2022. Now, just 35% say they favor Democrats. Support for Republicans among black voters, then, rose a whopping 12 points from the November survey to 27% today, the Journal reported.
Philip Klein, writing at National Review, summarized the reality of the poll: "It’s fair to say that if these numbers are anywhere close to the actual results, Democrats will be massacred in November."