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Biden’s poor approval numbers help drag down vulnerable Democrats re-election chances

by | Apr 5, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

We check in two or three times a week to see what is happening with President Biden’s approval ratings. Generally speaking, they are very much like what see today from Rasmussen (42% ) and Reuters (also 42%). The average “spread” (the difference between his positive support versus his negative support) is a whopping12.8%.

Of course, the President is not up for re-election until 2024 but all of the House members and 1/3rd of the Senate faces the voters come November 5. And, even by normal first mid-term jitters, Democrats are plenty scared. While each incumbent retires for a different set of reasons, a two-to one margin (29 Democrats have announced their intention to not run for reelection, compared to just 14 Republicans) is enough to shake even the most staunch  pro-Democrat. 

Jennifer Rubin is a pro-abortion Washington Post columnist and as partisan as they come. “President Biden’s approval ratings remain a deeply worrying sign for congressional Democrats’ midterm prospects,” she wrote yesterday. “If voters are mad at Biden, they will likely take out their anger on anyone with a ‘D’ after their name.

What to do? The first of her four suggestions for how “Biden can help these Democrats”  is to “venture beyond the White House more than he has.” Of course that is political suicide. You simply don’t know the President will say when he goes off script.

Jon Levine was brutally candid

A November poll by Punchbowl news found that 76% of Democratic Hill staffers believe the party will lose the House this year. Some polls show President Biden’s approval ratings in the low 30s.

“I think the midterms are going to be bad for Democrats,” said pollster Carly Cooperman. “Biden’s job approval continues to grow increasingly negative and he has negative ratings on the economy and his handling of the pandemic.” 

Multiple Democratic staffers confirmed the situation seems grim and goes beyond the normal historical headwinds that typically beset a president’s party during midterms. 

There are many, many stories filled with quotes from panicky Democrats. Here’s one last one from Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. On March 2, “Todd openly panicked over the Republican Party’s lead in his network’s poll of the generic congressional ballot on Sunday, calling it a ‘huge red flag,’ and remarked how the GOP hasn’t led in NBC’s generic congressional ballot poll since September 2014. …”

This should both encourage pro-lifers and motivate us to work harder than ever.

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