Skyrocketing Jobless Claims Erode Trust in Biden

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Key Takeaways

  • Voter confidence in Biden appears damaged due to recent economic data and jobless claims.
  • Support for Biden on economic issues is waning, suggesting a shift in public sentiment.
  • Biden supporters still cling to COVID as the cause for economic woes, while Biden critics point to overregulation, liberal political appointments, and policy failures. 

Our Methodology


All Voters

Sample Size


Geographical Breakdown


Time Period

7 Days

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The Department of Labor’s May Jobless Claims report revealed the highest level of jobless claims since August 2023. This news has triggered a broad spectrum of reactions and discussions across different demographic groups and political affiliations. MIG Reports analysis of the conversations highlight varying levels of confidence in political leadership. There is a pronounced contrast between supporter for President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Demographic Patterns

Younger demographics, especially those active on platforms like X (Twitter), tend to respond with a mix of concern and criticism toward Biden’s economic policies. Older demographics and those in traditional industries or unionized sectors also express significant concern over job security and the impacts of regulatory changes. Across multiple demographics, there is a direct interest in the government policies affecting job stability.

Discussion Trends and Patterns

Critics of the Biden administration argue that policy failures and mismanagement are to blame for the rise in jobless claims. For example, a conversation involving Senator Joe Manchin and Acting Secretary Julie Su about the NLRB’s joint employer rule illustrates concerns that current labor policies might be contributing to job losses.

Senator Manchin's questioning of Secretary Su, and her inability to provide data on job losses, has fueled further criticism and speculation about the administration's transparency and competency in handling labor issues.

On the other hand, Biden supporters argue external factors such as global economic slowdowns or ongoing adjustments from COVID are to blame. They downplay policy missteps and initiatives as a cause. However, these voices are less prominent in the conversation, suggesting either a quieter support base or a shift in public confidence. Many voters indicate a deep mistrust in the current administration, linking job losses to broader accusations of deception and mismanagement.

Confidence in Biden vs. Trump

Confidence levels in President Biden appear to be waning among many voter groups, especially in conjunction with the jobless claims report. Online discussions suggest a longing for the economic policies under former President Trump. Many seem to view the Trump era as more favorable to job creation and economic stability.

The comparison between Biden and Trump in handling the economy is a recurring theme. Many Americans are expressing nostalgia for the "pre-Biden" economic conditions.

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