President Biden’s handling of the pandemic has garnered just 39 percent approval among Americans, which could harm Democrats in midterm elections.
Politico-Morning Consult’s new poll released Wednesday also showed some of the challenges Democrats have to contend with this election year – including how to get messaging just right.
It was also reported by Politico that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee polling finds Republicans gain up to 14 points in swing districts when they attack Democrats on issues such as defunding the police, immigration, and critical race theory.
DCCC has warned Democrats that these issues are ‘alarmingly potent’ against them, with polling showing that they work well to draw three important groups – center-left voters, independents, and Hispanics – toward the Republican Party.
Additionally, swing voters referred to Democrats as ‘preachy,’ ‘judgmental,’ and ‘focused on the culture wars.’
DCCC’s job is to keep the House of Representatives in Democratic control.
The data showed that Democrats need to push back in order to achieve this.
Republicans often say Democrats want to defund law enforcement, so the DCCC encouraged candidates to support law enforcement.
It’s important for Democrats to make it clear that they oppose ‘open borders’ on immigration.
Republicans’ advantage dropped to six points when Democrats responded.
In addition, that number does not factor in what happens if Democrats go on the offensive in House races.
According to a Politico-Morning Consult poll, the approach to dealing with the pandemic will be more difficult.
Currently, 57 percent of Americans disapprove of how Biden handled the pandemic.
Despite the fact that 49 percent of voters want mask mandates to be revoked, 43 percent think it’s too early.
The number increased to 65 percent when Democratic voters were asked if it is too early to repeal mask mandates.
Only 20 percent of Republicans thought it was premature.
A poll for CNN revealed that 51% of Democrats and Democrat-leaners don’t want Biden to run again in 2024.
— Dr. Jimmy Yam (@JimmyJoeYam) February 16, 2022
The CIVIQS state-by-state poll released this week offers another glimpse into how the midterms may play out.
Among 165,786 respondents surveyed, Biden’s approval rating was 34 percent.
On the day new data revealed wholesale inflation surged by 9.7 percent last month, the dire poll results showed 57 percent disapproval and 9 percent neither approve nor disapprove of the president.
According to the poll, Biden’s lowest approval rating is in West Virginia, where he is rated at just 16 percent approval and 79 percent disapproval of his performance so far.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, has been at odds with the president and his colleagues lately because he insists he represents the interests of his constituents rather than what the party’s establishment wants to pass with its slim House majority.
The only four states where Biden is not underwater are Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts – and no state shows him as higher than 49 percent. Biden won all four blue states in the 2020 election with a mid-60 percent margin over then-President Donald Trump’s reelection.
There are several swing states, including Maryland, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, all of which voted narrowly for Biden in the 2020 election. However, the new poll shows that in all of them, less than 30 percent approve of Biden.
With 32 percent of Arizona’s voters approving to 61 percent disapproving, the state has the largest split. In Georgia, 31 percent of voters approve of Biden and 59 percent of voters disapprove of him; Pennsylvania’s approval rating is 36 percent and 57 percent; Michigan’s approval rating is 33 percent to 59 percent, and Wisconsin is with 36 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval.
In the poll taken this week, Florida stands at 34 percent approval to 58 percent disapproval and is a swing state that went red in 2020.
With many states falling in the teens and 20s in the ratings of the job the president performs, this could possibly be one of the worst polls for Biden yet. It is important to note, however, that Biden’s team insists that he will run for re-election in 2024 alongside Kamala Harris.
Over the weekend, CNN released an opinion poll that revealed just 45 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning voters wanted Biden as their presidential nominee in 2024, while 51 percent wanted someone else.
Among the states that have the least approval of Biden, West Virginia is the worst.
Only 18 percent of Wyoming voters approved of Biden’s performance as president; 76 percent disapproved. Among Oklahomans, 23 percent approve and 70 percent disapprove, while in Idaho, 22 percent approve and 72 percent disapprove.
Additionally, Biden’s support among independent voters appears to be on the decline, according to a CIVIQS poll conducted from January 20 to February 14.
Based on self-identified independents’ votes in the 2020 election, Biden gained 13 percentage points over Trump, getting 54 percent of the votes compared to 41 percent for Trump. Biden, however, is only favored by 22 percent of independents, according to the poll this week.
Biden only has a 2 percent approval rating with Republicans and 96 percent disapprove.
Meanwhile, Democrats have an approval rating of 72 percent and a disapproval rating of 13 percent.
Demographically, all age groups, all education levels, and both sexes disapprove of the president. Those with postgraduate degrees, those between the ages of 18-34, and male voters are among his lowest approval rating categories.
African American voters are the only demographic that approves of Biden more than disapproves, with a margin of 63 percent to 19 percent.
According to a separate poll, Americans are concerned about inflation, taxes, and the economy in general ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. In addition, the majority are disappointed with Biden’s presidency so far.