When an outlet like Axios is polling a Democratic politician this negatively, you know things are falling apart:
Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
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Even worse, the decline in support hasn't come from conservatives, but from Biden's own supporters:
Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.
Here's what that looks like:
Even worse than worse is the administration's confusing message on Covid:
In another ominous sign, barely two in 10 Americans are confident Biden can convince vaccine skeptics to take the shots.
What they're saying: Biden's messaging is "focused on the wrong problem" from a confidence-building perspective, said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs.
"The problem is not the unvaccinated. The problem is convincing those who are vaccinated that they have the tools to navigate a COVID world ... [and reassuring] those who've been vaccinated that they can live a normal life again."
"People are confused," Young said. "There's no sense of what the endgame is."
"People are confused" is a good slogan for future historians to describe the entire Biden presidency.