ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos admitted Sunday that a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is disastrous for President Joe Biden.
"This poll is just brutal for President Biden," Stephanopoulos said on ABC's "This Week."
What did the poll show?
The poll found that Biden's job approval ratings are 20 points under water — 36% approval to 56% disapproval — and discovered that a majority of Americans, by an 18-point margin, believe that Donald Trump handled the economy better than Biden has.
And even though a majority of respondents said they believe Trump should face criminal charges for various potential cases against him, the poll found that in a hypothetical rematch between Trump and Biden, the president would lose: 44% of respondents said they would "probably" or "definitely" vote for Trump, while just 38% said they would "probably" or "definitely" vote for Biden.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would also defeat Biden, 42% to 37%, according to the poll.
Like many other recent surveys, the ABC/WaPo also showed that a majority of Democratic-leaning voters do not want Biden to be their party's 2024 nominee. And if it could get worse for Biden, respondents said two-to-one that they believe Biden has neither the physical nor mental capabilities to be president. A majority also said they do not believe Biden is trustworthy.
ABC News political director Rick Klein, meanwhile, explained how Biden is losing support among voters he needs to win re-election.
"You see real weaknesses in the coalition that powered Joe Biden to the presidency back in 2020. Biden carried independents by 13 points against Donald Trump. He is now trailing Trump by 9 points among those same voters," Klein said.
"He carried black voters by 75 points in 2020. He is up just 35," he continued. "That may sound like a lot, but the fact of the matter is, in modern politics, that is not the kind of number that a Democrat needs to be victorious."
Later in the show, Donna Brazile admitted she lost sleep over the poll.
"It kept me up," she said, explaining the poll proves the White House is "still unable to get a real, good strong message to the American people — not just on the accomplishments but where they want to take the country."
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