Poll Reveals Disconnect Between Public Perception and Reality on Biden's Economic Record

A recent AP-Politico Morning Consult poll shows 40% of respondents believe President Joe Biden has done more to promote infrastructure improvements and job creation, while 37% think former President Donald Trump has done more. Despite Biden's significant achievements in these areas, the poll highlights a stark disconnect between public perception and reality.

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Poll Reveals Disconnect Between Public Perception and Reality on Biden's Economic Record

Poll Reveals Disconnect Between Public Perception and Reality on Biden's Economic Record

A recent AP-Politico Morning Consult poll highlights a stark disconnect between public perception and reality regarding President Joe Biden's economic record. The poll found that 40% of respondents believe Biden has done more to promote infrastructure improvements and job creation, while 37% believe former President Donald Trump has done more, despite Biden's significant achievements in these areas.

Why this matters: The widespread misperception of Biden's economic record has significant implications for the 2024 election and beyond, as it can influence voters' decisions and shape the national discourse. Moreover, it underscores the need for the media to play a more active role in combating misinformation and providing accurate information to the public.

The poll results suggest a concerning level of ignorance or willful ignorance among many Americans about Biden's infrastructure bill, which yielded $1 trillion in investments, and his job creation record, which outscored Trump's. During Biden's administration, 15 million jobs were created, compared to 6 million during Trump's pre-Covid stint.

David Corn, the author of the article "America Is Broken" and the Media Ain't Helping," suggests that the pain of inflation and Trump's persistent lying about the economy may be contributing to the public's misperception of reality. "What does this one polling question indicate? It might be that the pain of inflation...colors overall attitudes about economic matters," Corn writes.

Another poll question found that 61% of respondents believe the economy today is much or somewhat worse than it was four years ago, despite the post-pandemic rebound. Corn argues that the political media system is broken, citing the widespread acceptance of Trump's false information and the failure of the media to provide accurate information to voters.

The persistence of misinformation is further evidenced by a January poll showing that 30% of Americans still believe Biden's victory was illegitimate. "Folks who believe" Biden conspired to steal the election are unlikely to credit him with doing better on infrastructure policy or job creation than Trump," Corn notes.

The article also references an interview with Joe Kahn, executive editor of The New York Times, who emphasized the importance of impartial information but was criticized for not doing enough to counter Trump's authoritarian impulses and excesses. "To say that the threats of democracy are so great that the media is going to abandon its central role as a source of impartial information to help people vote...is essentially saying that the news media should become a propaganda arm for a single candidate because we prefer that candidate's agenda," Kahn stated.

The poll results and Corn's analysis paint a troubling picture of the current state of American politics and media. Despite Biden's demonstrable successes in infrastructure investment and job creation, a significant portion of the public remains misinformed or resistant to acknowledging these achievements. As the 2024 election approaches, it is crucial for the media to find effective ways to combat misinformation and provide voters with accurate, impartial information to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

Key Takeaways

  • 40% of Americans think Biden has done more for infrastructure and jobs, while 37% think Trump has.
  • Biden's infrastructure bill invested $1 trillion, and he created 15 million jobs, outscoring Trump.
  • 61% of Americans think the economy is worse than 4 years ago, despite post-pandemic rebound.
  • 30% of Americans still believe Biden's 2020 election victory was illegitimate.
  • The media must combat misinformation and provide accurate info to voters for informed decisions.