Lazy eyes listen
According to US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen, new polling in six key swing states paints a bleak picture for incumbent President Joe Biden, who leads in only one ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
“Those polling results are sobering and scary for people in Canada or the United States who are concerned or troubled by a potential second term for Donald Trump,” Cohen said on Tuesday at a conference of manufacturers and exporters in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.
He then stated that this information simply means that there will be a lot of work to be done over the next year and that no one should be concerned.
“I’m not looking at the current situation and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, it’s all over.'” ‘Joe Biden will not be re-elected,’ Cohen added. “Anyone who has that attitude is probably making a big mistake.”
Politico describes his remarks as “an unusual swerve into domestic US politics by a sitting ambassador and a striking admission of Biden’s vulnerability by one of his most loyal political allies.”
The Biden campaign has spent much of the past few days attempting to avoid “fretting” – as they put it in a statement – over the latest wave of bleak polling on the 2024 election, which showed that former President and current candidate Donald Trump is significantly ahead of Biden in five of the six most important polls.
According to a Sunday poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, Trump has an 11-point lead in Nevada and smaller margins in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Only Wisconsin favoured Biden, and by only two points.
The 3,662 polled voters were mostly concerned about Biden’s age – he turns 81 later this month, making him the oldest president in American history – and expressed dissatisfaction with his economic handling.
When it comes to the economy, voters trust Trump more than Biden by a 59%-37% margin – the largest gap of any issue. This is especially bad news for Biden, given that nearly twice as many voters said economic issues would determine their vote in 2024.