NBC News' Chuck Todd has been pilloried by Democrats online for daring to confront viewers with the reality of President Joe Biden's unpopularity.
Todd, the host of "Meet the Press," detailed the findings of a recent NBC News survey of 1,000 adults, conducted April 14-18.
The survey found that 54% of respondents disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president, up from 50% in January.
When asked to rank their feelings of Biden, 38% of respondents indicated that they had a "very negative" impression and another 10% said they had a "somewhat negative" impression. Only 17% of respondents said they had a "very positive" feelings about the Democratic president.
Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research told NBC News, "President Biden’s numbers are not where they need to be at this stage."
Todd zeroed in on how 70% of respondents, including 51% of Democrats, said that Biden — the oldest president ever to take office — should not run for re-election in 2024.
By way of comparison, 60% of prospective voters, including roughly 33% of Republicans, said that former President Donald Trump should not run again for office.
Roughly half of those who don't want Biden to run again suggested age was a "major" factor behind their reasoning.
In addition to his routine gaffes, missteps, and tumbles, Biden has explicitly invited scrutiny over his waning vitality.
Biden told MSNBC's "The Sunday Show" in October, "I could drop dead tomorrow."
"In terms of my energy level, in terms of how much I am able to do, I think people should look and say, 'Is he still have the same passion for what he's doing?' And if they think I do and I can do it, then that's fine," he said. "If they don't, they should vote against me."
The new NBC News poll indicated that many voters might do just that.
When asked who they would vote for if Biden ultimately ran for re-election — an announcement expected later this week — 21% of respondents suggested they would "definitely vote for Biden," 20% said they might vote for Biden, and 47% of respondents indicated they would vote for the Republican candidate.
Todd told NBC's "Sunday Today" that Biden's flagging support and apparent undesirability among voters, including Democrats, is "not because of his policies, it’s simply because of questions about his physical ability to do it and his current age."
The "Meet the Press" host noted that "the thing that is most striking in our poll is how much Republicans are rallying around Donald Trump. ... You have 70% of Republican primary voters tell us, basically, that these charges against Donald Trump mean that it’s more important to rally around Donald Trump rather than giving them a choice that says, you know, he was a good president but these could be distractions in defeating Joe Biden. Only one in four Republican primary voters believe that."
After Todd suggested that America wasn't keen on maintaining a gerontocracy helmed by one of two relatively unpopular candidates, leftist Twitter directed its collective anger his way.
One user tangled up in a thread questioning Todd's credibility wrote, "Chuck Todd should be fired! I do not believe this poll. I do believe his age might be an issue for some. I think he’s accomplished so much for this country."
For having reported on the survey results, one user called for Todd to be muzzled.
Howard Altman, a Twitter user who peddles foul screeds about Trump, wrote, "Screw you, Chuck Todd, and screw you Me-lennials. The people who vote, the people you deride as 'the establishment' I want Biden/Harris, and they will win."
While immensely unpopular, recent polls suggest Biden remains the Democratic front-runner.
The latest Harvard-Harris poll has Biden up 27 points over Vice President Kamala Harris. Bernie Sanders is a distant third, neck-and-neck with Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Elizabeth Warren are even further behind.
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