In news that should be entirely unsurprising to anyone who has to pay for gas or groceries, find baby formula, believes in gun rights, or is getting worried by wallet-emptying inflation and the implications it has for their personal wealth, the state of the American economy, and the potentially disastrous effects it could have on the national debt, RCP’s average of polls just found out that Slow Joe’s approval rating hit an all-time low.
According to that polling average, which takes into account polls from the 18th of May to the 7th of June, Slow Joe’s approval rating just hit rock bottom at 39.7 percent, with his disapproval rating at 55 percent.
That means he is over 15 points underwater, a position no president wants to be in, particularly when the nation is headed into midterms.
For reference, Trump was at about a 42 percent approval rating at this point in his presidency, with his approval never falling before 40% until the waning days of his presidency, as Breitbart’s Nolte notes, when January 6th and general dissatisfaction and malaise regarding Covid turned many Americans against him.
And so Biden, despite no longer having to deal with Covid, having a media that is largely on his side, and even getting to claim credit for the jobs recovered as Covid restrictions let up, is somehow doing a few points worse that President Trump.
Further, that’s the average of polls, meaning that some of the worse results are mitigated by it. A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll, for example, found that he’s at a 39 percent approval rating and 58 percent disapproval rating, putting him even deeper underwater.
With Politico being a somewhat left-leaning outlet, if one known for generally being truthful and accurate in its reporting, that’s some pretty bad news for Brandon.
Similarly, a Quinnipiac poll included in the RCP average found that Slow Joe is at 35 percent approval, with a massive 56 percent disapproving, even worse news for Biden. Quinnipiac is, however, somewhat conservative-leaning, so the Politico poll could be the safer estimate.
Regardless of whether the results are a point or two worse or not, what is clear is a) that Biden’s ratings are dismal, and b) that he is even less popular than Trump, a constant target of the media, was. None of that bodes will for him and his party in the upcoming midterms or 2024.
Perhaps worst of all for Biden is that CNN, once a reliable defender of Democrats, isn’t even attempting to paint the news as having much of a silver lining. Reporting on his fall below 40 percent approval, that outlet noted that:
That comparison should worry every single Democrat on the ballot this fall. Why? Because Trump’s approval rating never substantially improved between May 2018 and the midterm election later that year. Democrats went on to take control of the House.
In fact, according to Gallup, the average seat loss for a president’s party when their job approval rating was under 50% was 37 House seats as of 2018. If Democrats lose anything close to that number, they won’t just give up their majority, they will have an uphill battle to taking back House control in 2024.