The Biden Approval Rating Has Falled Below 40% For the First Time in His Presidency
The Biden approval rating has consistently hovered around the 50 percent mark, more than a year before the midterm elections. Generally, members of the president’s party like him, while those of the opposition do not. While the approval rating of the president is near the 50 percent mark, presidential approval ratings are based on a smaller sample size, and independents tend to poll against a sitting president.
Job approval rating sinks to 38%
President Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen below 40% for the first time in his presidency. The Gallup poll shows that 38 percent of Americans approve of his job performance, while 53 percent disapprove. The drop is particularly significant given that the president’s job approval rating before June was around 50%. It has also fallen among white people without college degrees, and among voters ages 50 to 64. This means that the president has lost the support of many of his traditional supporters, and is now at his lowest approval ratings in years.
The news comes as Democrats seek to hold on to a narrow majority in the House and Senate. Biden’s weaker job approval rating will make the odds for retaining those majorities much harder to overcome. However, Democrats remain hopeful that backlash over the Supreme Court’s recent decisions will neutralize GOP advantages.
Jill Biden’s approval rating plummets 24 points in a year
The news about Biden’s approval rating is troubling. Her favorability rating has fallen by 24 points over the past year. The sluggish economy has contributed to the disapproval. However, Biden has a few major positive points to her credit. She helped pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the American Rescue Plan, both of which have solid public support. However, the recent approval ratings are a troubling sign for Biden and the Democrats. The news comes as Democrats head into a tough midterm election, which could hurt their hopes of winning the election.
According to a CNN/SSRS poll, Jill Biden’s favorability rating has dropped significantly over the past year. A year ago, her favorability rating was 58%, and it’s now down to 34 percent. This is a dramatic drop from her high of 58 percent when she entered the White House. In contrast, the percentage of voters who hold an unfavorable view of Jill Biden remains around 29%.
Hispanics dissatisfied with politics
Recent polls have shown Hispanics are more dissatisfied with the direction of the U.S. than the general population. Their dissatisfaction levels have increased since last year and span all ages, education levels, and immigrant generations. Even women and Democrats report high levels of dissatisfaction. Hispanics are now just as dissatisfied with politics and government as the rest of the nation, with the economy and immigration considered the two greatest problems facing the nation.
When asked what is the main issue for Hispanics, a majority cite the economy, immigration, race relations, and the wealth gap. Moreover, only 10% of Hispanic registered voters consider President Trump to be the nation’s greatest problem.
Effect on 2022 midterm election
The effect of Biden’s approval rating on the 2022 midterm election is a very real possibility. The president tends to lose seats during the midterm elections, which has a negative effect on the party that controls the White House. In the past, the president’s party has lost on average 26 seats during the midterm election cycle, and this trend is particularly severe when the president has a low approval rating. Currently, Biden’s approval rating is only 40.7%, and he hasn’t reached the 43% mark since August 2021. In 2010, during the first midterm election of Obama’s presidency, Democrats lost 64 seats, while Republicans gained just 41 seats.
Biden’s job approval rating has fallen in the polls, but his base remains strong among Black voters. While he has lost his popularity with white Democratic voters, he retains a majority of these voters, including Blacks, who give him the highest approval rating of any race, age group, or education level. Despite this, there is a reason for concern: Biden’s job approval rating is high among Black voters – he has a 62% approval rating among black voters. However, that same group of voters has not shown much confidence in Biden’s performance in the economy. Indeed, inflation has dropped by 7 percentage points, with only 36% of non-white voters expressing approval.