With the 2022 midterm elections just one year away, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll shows that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has sunk to a new low of 38 percent.
The survey, which was conducted last week and included the responses of 1,000 registered voters, found that Biden’s disapproval rating was at 59 percent, with 3.2 percent of respondents undecided on the president’s job performance. The survey also found that Biden’s approval rating was just 38 percent.
Meanwhile, vice president Kamala Harris had a much lower approval rating, with just 28 percent approving of the job she has been doing and 51 percent disapproving. Around one in 5 (21 percent) of voters were undecided on Harris’ performance.
The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which the House passed late Friday, was supported by most respondents in the survey (61 percent). A third of Republican voters also showed support.
The “Build Back Better” Act, however, received mixed opinions, with 47 percent backing the $1.85 trillion bill and 44 percent opposing it.
A near majority of those surveyed also said that Biden has “done a worse job as president” than previously expected, including 16 percent of people who reported voting for him.
Regarding running for a second term in 2024, 64 percent of respondents, including 28 percent of Democrats, said they do not want Biden to run again.
If the presidential election between Biden and Donald Trump were held today, 44 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Trump, 40 percent said they would vote for Biden, and 11 percent would select an unnamed third-party candidate.
A majority of respondents (66 percent) also feel like America has gone down the wrong path, while just 20 percent said it is on the right track.
According to USA Today, the party of a president with an approval rating below 50 percent is usually on the verge of seeing a blowout in the midterm elections. For instance, Republicans lost 41 House seats in the 2017 midterms when Trump’s approval was 37 percent.
Decades earlier, Bill Clinton had 48 percent approval during the 1994 midterms, and Democrats lost 54 seats.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.