With the midterm elections approaching, Democrats’ approval ratings continue to slide. Independent voters helped President Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential elections. Now, they’re leaving the Democrats and switching to the Republican side en masse.
Biden’s Approval Rating Down To 38%, Disapproval at 59%
USA TODAY/Suffolk University’s Poll was conducted last November 3-5. Respondents totaled 1,000 registered voters interviewed over landline and cellphone.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The survey showed that President Joe Biden’s approval rating sank to a new low of 38%. Conversely, 59% disapprove of the way Biden is driving the nation.
In addition, around 46% of respondents say Biden performed a worse job as president than expected. This includes 16% which consisted of those who voted for him.
44% of respondents who identified themselves as independents also agreed that Biden did worse than they expected. As a result, around 64% of Americans don’t want Biden to run for a second term in 2024.
Surprisingly, this included 28% of respondents who identified as Democrats. Meanwhile, 58% of respondents also said they opposed the idea of former President Donald Trump running again. This includes 24% of Republicans.
VP Kamala Harris’ Approval Ratings Are Even Worse
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating showed worse numbers than Biden’s. She received a 28% approval rating. In addition, 51% of respondents disapprove of how she’s handling her job, while 21% remain undecided.
Biden and the Democrats’ hopes for a rebound lie in their infrastructure bill. Despite the odds and the intra-party wrangling, Democrats managed to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill last Friday.
This, along with an optimistic economic report, can help breathe life into the Democrats’ approval ratings. While a majority of Americans support the infrastructure, only 1 in 4 or 25% say that the bill will help them and their families.
Democrats in Danger of Losing Majority in 2022 Elections
The survey results show that the Democrats are in great danger of losing their already-slim majority next year. If the elections happened today, 46% of respondents said they would vote for the Republican congressional candidate over the Democratic one.
In contrast, only 38% will vote Democrat. In addition, midterm elections often do not bode well for the sitting President. A President’s first midterm usually goes to the opposing party.
For 2022, the Democrats made this very easy for the GOP. The latter only needs to flip five seats in the House and one in the Senate to regain control of both chambers.
If this happens, Democrats and Biden won’t get the support they need to pass any legislation. It also opens the door to even more aggressive Republican oversight of his administration.
In fairness, many Americans will welcome that development. Around 66% of Americans say the country is heading in the right direction. In contrast, only 20% say it is.
Watch the PBS NewsHour video reporting on why Biden’s approval rating is tanking and how Americans view democracy, justice:
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