White House calls Biden’s 33% approval an ‘outlier’

White House releases bizarre memo claiming Biden’s 33% approval in poll is an ‘outlier’ – then lists a series of polls that still make him unpopular by less than 50%

  • Quinnipiac University poll had Biden at 33 percent approval with 53 percent disapproval
  • Deputy White House chief of staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon called it an ‘outlier’
  • She wrote a memo contesting the methodology
  • She also noted the high percentage of ‘no opinion’ responses
  • Biden ranks 43 percent in poll averages, she noted
  • But even that figure puts Biden below every Democratic president since Carter










A top White House official wrote a memo this week disputing a poll that has President Joe Biden’s approval in the basement at 33 percent — citing polls and polls that still have the president low in his 40s.

White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote the memo in response to the latest Quinnipiac University poll — which has Biden under water at 33-53, which would be a low.

In the same survey, Biden stood at 36 percent in November.

O’Malley Dillon, who led Biden’s campaign, collected the memo to claim the poll is “very likely an outlier.”

She responds to the poll by citing a series of other polls that, while higher, still have Biden following other presidents in their first year in office and showing signs of deep political trouble.

He’s at least 43! President Joe Biden’s 33 percent approval in a Quinnipiac poll is an “outlier,” writes White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon

She notes that Biden’s approval in the FiveThirtyEight average of all public polls has him at 43 percent. Quinnipiac, on the other hand, has 33% approval. This is drastically different from any other recent poll,” she wrote.

That puts him in bad company when it comes to presidents going all the way back to Jimmy Carter. “With the exception of Trump, Biden is in the worst shape of them all,” CNN’s Chris Cillizza noted, citing Gallup figures. He called the argument — that Biden’s numbers were historically now, but not as bad as the Quinnipiac poll suggested — “baffling.”

“This is probably in part because Quinnipiac still exclusively uses a method called RDD (Random Digit Dialing) to collect data, a method that many large organizations have abandoned,” said O’Malley Dillon.

Jennifer OMalley Dillon was Biden's campaign manager.  She pushed back on the poll methodology and noted the high percentage "no opinion" reactions

Jennifer OMalley Dillon was Biden’s campaign manager. She pushed back on the poll’s methodology, noting the high percentage of ‘no opinion’ responses

The last Quinnipiac poll had Biden at 33 percent, but he's running into the low 40s in poll averages.  Even that figure makes him run lower than all recent Democratic presidents, but higher than Donald Trump on the same point

The last Quinnipiac poll had Biden at 33 percent, but he’s running into the low 40s in poll averages. Even that figure makes him run lower than all recent Democratic presidents, but higher than Donald Trump on the same point

White House attorney Dana Remus (L) and Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O'Malley Dillon leave the White House on July 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

White House attorney Dana Remus (L) and Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon leave the White House on July 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

She also notes that the Q poll has a large “undecided” or “don’t know” figure. She puts it at 11 percent, although the poll actually has this figure higher — at 13 percent. Other pollsters commit to pushing respondents in some way to get a higher result anyway, with lower undecided numbers.

The poll’s pushback comes at a time when the White House is taking steps to reshape its communications strategy.

Biden will hold his first official press conference in more than 70 days next Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

And Vice President Kamala Harris has been doing sit-down TV interviews amid her own low ratings. She did one this week with the show “Today.”

Biden has also criticized Republicans for standing in the way of voting rights legislation, comparing using the filibuster to block it with Jim Crow and the Confederacy.

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