The American public’s view of the job President Joe Biden has done has just reached a startling new low – and it could be disastrous for the Democrats’ future.
A new national poll revealed that the president’s approval rating is a dismal 38%, with 53% disapproving in the job he has done.
The ratings were found in a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday and display a negative trend, down from a 42%-50% approval/disapproval rating in a survey Quinnipiac University conducted last month.
The president received negative scores in the double digits on all but one key issue asked in the new poll, which was conducted Oct. 1-4.
A majority of those surveyed said the Biden administration is not competent in running the federal government.
“Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said.
Biden’s approval rating hovered in the low-to-mid-50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers started plummeting in August, after the world witnessed his incompetency first hand thanks to a botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
The plunge in the president’s approval was also compounded by the latest surge of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. along the southern border with Mexico.
The president stands at 45% approval and 49% disapproval in an average of all the most recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics.
Biden registers at 48%-50% approval/disapproval on handling the pandemic, according to the Quinnipiac University survey. The president is at 39%-55% on handling the economy, 37%-58% on his job as commander in chief, 34%-58% on foreign policy, and 23%-67% on dealing with the situation at the U.S.-Mexican border.
When it comes to the president’s personal traits, those surveyed were divided on whether he cares about average Americans, 44% said he’s honest while half said he’s not, and just 41% said he has good leadership skills, down from 52% in April.
By a 55%-42% margin, Americans said the Biden administration’s not competent in running the government.
While it’s no surprise that Americans have little faith in President Biden, the presidential approval rating is an early indicator of how well his party may perform in the ensuing midterm elections. Democrats will hope to defend their razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate in next year’s midterms.
Republicans now see Biden’s flagging numbers as a precursor to what they hope will be a GOP rout in the 2022 midterms that will allow them to reclaim both the House and Senate majorities.
Adding to the Republicans’ hopes of a GOP landslide victory in 2022, a separate new poll reveals that Americans now view the Republican party as the party for safety and prosperity.
“Americans by significant margins now view the Republican Party as better than the Democratic Party at protecting the nation from international threats (54% to 39%, respectively) and at ensuring the nation remains prosperous (50% to 41%),” Gallup reported.
“The 15-percentage-point GOP advantage on security matters is its largest since 2015, while its nine-point edge on prosperity is its largest since 2014. Last year, the GOP had a narrow advantage on international matters while the parties were essentially tied on economic matters. More of this change has come from declines in Americans perceiving the Democratic Party as better on these issues than from increases for the Republican Party,” said the national polling site.
Americans’ mood on the economy has also soured under Biden. There was a seven-point drop in the percentage of Americans who say the Democratic Party is better able to keep the U.S. prosperous, from 48% to 41%.
“Republicans have had at least a small advantage on this for most of the past decade, with the current nine-point lead tying 2011 and 2014 as the largest for the GOP during this period. The only years since 2010 that Republicans have not led are 2012 and 2020, the two years in which Democratic candidates were elected president,” says Gallup.
Another finding in the survey is that independents are bailing from the Democratic Party.
“Since last year, there have been double-digit declines in the percentages of independents who say the Democratic Party is better at handling the most important problem (from 42% to 31%), at keeping the nation secure (from 43% to 31%) and at keeping the nation prosperous (from 47% to 35%),” Gallup wrote.
Author: Jeff Stackton