by Hans I. Kriek*
President Biden’s approval ratings when it comes to both the economy and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a big hit in a new poll. His ratings keep sinking to 37% in the latest poll. Biden’s overall approval remained at the low level of 41 percent in CNBC’S latest quarterly All-America Economy survey.
Approval of the White House response to the pandemic dropped to 46 percent compared to 48 percent disapproval — putting the president ‘underwater’ in that category for the first time. The approval rating for Biden’s handling of the economy sank to 37 percent compared to 56 percent disapproval. The poll of 800 Americans nationwide has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
“The COVID [approval] number is actually I think the more important one,” Micah Roberts, partner at Public Opinion Strategies, the Republican pollster for the survey, told CNBC. “As goes COVID, so goes the Biden presidency, and that’s really proving to be quite true.” The poll found that some 41 percent of Americans believe the economy will get worse in the next year, up slightly from the prior quarter’s survey but still a pessimistic reading.
If Joe Biden thought passing his trillion-dollar boondoggle would help with his polling plunge, the politically left Washington Post has some bad news. His approval rating among registered voters has plummeted to just 38 percent and 57 percent disapprove, according to a Democratic leaning pollster. Among adults, an area where Democrats normally score better, Biden gets 41 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.
Currently, in the RealClearPolitics poll of polls, Biden’s job approval average has hit a record low of just 42 percent. His average disapproval rating has also hit a new record, a high of 52.7 percent. His approval rating is only 35 percent among Independents, while his disapproval rating is 58 percent.
Even among Democrats, Biden’s nowhere near where an incumbent president should be, which is in the 90 percent range. Currently, only 80 percent of Democrats approve the job Biden’s doing and only 44 percent strongly approve. Those are bad numbers. Once you are losing your base, it all comes apart. No doubt some Democrats are looking at what Biden has done to the country and are worried. These Democrats are concerned by a record inflation, a crippling spike in energy prices (especially with winter coming), violent crime, millions of unvaccinated illegal aliens being allowed in, our hostages in Afghanistan, and lunatic spending proposals.
For the first time, there is an administration that isn’t even pretending to have empathy. The White House let know that exploding energy prices are good for the environment and devastating supply chain issues as “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed.” The White House seems thrilled by these crises.
When asked which party they prefer to control Congress, 44 percent of Americans said they would prefer Republicans, compared with 34 percent who favour Democrats. That’s up from a 2-point edge Republicans had in the last survey. “If the election were tomorrow, it would be an absolute unmitigated disaster for the Democrats,” Jay Campbell, partner at Hart Research Associates and the Democratic pollster for the survey, told CNBC.
*political journalist and author, based in Florida USA