If it seems as with each passing week a new story emerges regarding just how bad President Joe Biden’s poll numbers are, that’s because his numbers seem to be in perpetual decline.
According to Fox News, this week marked an especially bad outlook for the president, as according to the results of Quinnipiac University survey published Wednesday, Biden has slipped to a humiliating 38% approval rating, falling another four points from the same poll last month.
Perhaps worse is that the president also received a 53% disapproval rating, which was up three points from last month’s poll.
Bad, bad numbers
There are mounting concerns by some in the Democratic Party that Biden’s dismal poll numbers will only serve to cripple the chances of victory for Democratic candidates in what will already be a tough 2022 midterm election.
On literally every issue, aside from one, presented in the Quinnipiac poll, the president scored negative numbers in the double digits, reflecting how Americans feel on the heels of several botched issues that were grossly mishandled by Biden and his administration.
Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy summarized the latest polling data, remarking that Biden is essentially being hit on all sides.
“Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration,” Malloy noted.
With Biden’s numbers in decline, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris’ numbers, which aren’t much better, Democrats have quite a bit to worry about next year if Americans use the president as a reflection of the Democratic Party in general.
Why the drop?
Biden never poll well after his first few months in office, but it was nothing extremely out of the ordinary for new presidents. However, after a string of failures, including the botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, combined with inflation concerns, and his botched handling of the immigration crisis, it’s not difficult to understand why he’s taking a beating.
Adding to the list is also the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Biden can’t seem to get a handle on or follow through on his promise to end. He scored the highest in that category, but still only managed to nab a 48%-50% approval/disapproval rating.
The struggling president was hit the hardest on the topic of his handling — or mishandling — of the migrant crisis at the southern U.S. border, as he garnered a 23%-67% approval/disapproval rating, meaning two-thirds of the country is clearly unhappy with how that issue is going.
With just over eight months in the White House, Biden is clearly struggling. Unless he changes that, and it would be difficult to envision how that would happen, he and his party are likely in for a very rough year ahead.