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New low for job approval for President Biden

by | Feb 7, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

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Another day, another survey finding that President Biden’s approval rating “drops to a new low,to quote a Reuters/Ipsos poll released last Friday. The national poll, conducted Feb. 2-3, found that 41% of U.S. adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, while 56% disapproved and the rest were not sure,” Reuters reported. “The prior week’s poll had put Biden at a 45% approval rating and 50% disapproval.”

One other paragraph from Reuters. “Democrats are increasingly worried that dissatisfaction with Biden’s presidency could cost them their congressional majorities. If Republicans take control of either the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, Biden’s legislative agenda could be doomed” [

It’s nine months until the midterm elections, The Washington Post reminds us. And “Midterm elections are influenced strongly by how voters feel about the sitting president, and many Democrats are trying to inoculate themselves by forging their own brands and even criticizing some of Biden’s actions,” report Sean Sullivan and Marianna Sotomayor.

That’s what their story is about. Sure, there are incumbents who would welcome an appearance by President Biden but increasingly Democrats either don’t want to appear on the stage with him or would prefer that he raise money quietly for them behind the scenes. For example,

Once seen as almost unique among Democrats for his ability to campaign even in conservative areas where most party leaders are unwelcome, Biden — like past presidents — has become a more polarizing figure since taking office. …Many supporters are frustrated that he has not accomplished more. All of it comes against the backdrop of cultural, social and ideological divisions that have deepened in recent years.

Democrats need to rely on vice president Kamala Harris to break the 50-50 deadlock in the Senate and they are only a few members ahead in the House of Representatives. “Democrats’ margin for error is slim, and ‘widespread panic’ is how one Democrat described the party’s mood,” Sullivan and Sotomayor write. “Midterms are generally rough for the president’s party — which this time is defending the narrowest of Senate and House majorities.”

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