Why Biden’s bad polls one year out from Elec­tion Day might not give him time to improve

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden has had a string of bad polls, with the lat­est show­ing him los­ing ground to for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in sev­er­al bat­tle­ground states and hit­ting a new low approval rat­ing.
With Sun­day’s NBC News poll show­ing Trump tak­ing the lead in 2024 and Biden receiv­ing a 40% approval rat­ing, some Democ­rats are wor­ried that the pres­i­dent will not be able to turn around enough sup­port before the gen­er­al elec­tion next Novem­ber, while oth­ers have brushed off con­cerns about polling as too ear­ly to make a dif­fer­ence.
New York Times chief polit­i­cal ana­lyst Nate Cohn said polling results are “seri­ous but not pre­dic­tive.”
“The vot­ers know these can­di­dates well, so what they say is worth tak­ing seri­ous­ly,” Cohn said on Sun­day. “Indeed, cam­paigns tak­ing it seri­ous­ly may even con­tribute to chang­ing the num­bers over the next years.”
Biden, who turns 81 on Mon­day, has faced every­thing from crit­i­cism to con­cern from Repub­li­cans and mem­bers of his own par­ty over his abil­i­ty to serve in the White House, par­tic­u­lar­ly because he would be 86 at the end of …