Independent and Latino Voters Are Deserting Joe Biden

A poll showing dwindling approval ratings for Joe Biden among independent and Latino voters spurred Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson to conclude that political support for the president is "in the process of collapsing completely."

Carlson was reacting to a PBS/NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll released on Monday, which showed that at the end of his first year in office, only 41 percent of Americans approved of the job that Biden is doing as president, while more than half, or 55 percent, disapproved.

Drilling down into the figures, Carlson described as a "very bad number" the fact that fewer than one-third of independent respondents, or 29 percent, supported Biden. Nearly two-thirds of independents (66 percent) disapproved of Biden.

By comparison, a survey conducted by the same firm at the end of July found that nearly half of independent voters (46 percent) approved of the job that Biden was doing, while 47 percent disapproved.

"How bad is it?" Carlson said on Monday. "For perspective, in the last election, Donald Trump took 41 percent of independent voters and lost.

"So, if you are a political consultant, a poll that shows 29 percent independent support sends you immediately to the liquor cabinet for more vodka."

Carlson said that was "just the beginning of the bad news," as the Marist poll of 1,400 adults conducted between December 11 and December 13, with a margin for error of 4.1 percent, showed support among Latino voters for Biden was 33 percent. The Marist poll in July showed Latino support at a healthy 59 percent.

"In other words, 67 percent of the so-called Latino community does not support Joe Biden," Carlson said. "It's hard even to process a number like that. It's just too far from the conventional view of American politics."

"The one thing we have always known about Latino voters is they're Democrats...because they understand that Republicans are racist, period," Carlson said sarcastically.

Poll Inducing Panic

"So how are Democrats going to respond to this new reality? Look for CNN contributors to start attacking Hispanics, just as they've been attacking whites for the past several years," he said.

"It's literally impossible to overstate the level of panic a poll like that must be inducing at the Democratic National Committee," Carlson said.

Rising inflation, the omicron variant of coronavirus and Biden's Build Back Better Act stalling in Congress are among a series of problems that the president's administration faces as it heads into the new year.

"There's lots of uncertainty out there," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion told PBS, adding that Biden was "being hit for lack of leadership" as well as "the fatigue of the pandemic and concerns about inflation."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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President Joe Biden before departing for Orangeburg, South Carolina, from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on December 17, 2021. A Marist poll has shown dwindling support for Biden among Latino and independent voters. MANDEL NGAN/Getty