Nine months into Joe Biden’s presidency, doubts are creeping in about putting Democrats in charge.
Even CNN’s polling cannot disguise an erosion of support for House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), ahead of next year’s midterm elections, as Breitbart reported Sunday.
According to the latest survey from the hyper-partisan news outlet, voters now just barely favor Democrats, a sheer drop from surveys showing much more robust support, Breitbart reported.
Crunching the numbers
If the 2022 elections were held today, 45% would vote for Democrats and 44% would vote for Republicans, the survey taken from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7 found, according to Breitbart.
This is a decrease for Democrats, who in CNN’s survey last October were trouncing Republicans by more than 10 points. Democrats ended up losing seats in the 2020 election. Some Democrats fear things will get worse as Biden stares down the so-called “midterms curse” that typically plagues new presidents.
Democrats face a number of problems. They have lost their orange Piñata, although Donald Trump continues to tease a 2024 run. Biden’s agenda has failed to make headway in Congress. The lack of momentum has likely depressed enthusiasm among Biden voters.
Republicans see an opening in persistent inflation, a crisis at the southern border, high crime rates, and Biden’s handling of the evacuation from Afghanistan, which saw Biden’s poll numbers have reached their lowest levels yet.
CNN’s poll found that 38% of independents would vote Republicans, versus 32% for Democrats. In another survey, Biden’s approval rating is down in Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, states he ostensibly won in the 2020 election, as the New York Post reports.
Pelosi not worried
While Afghanistan has started to fade from the headlines, troubles for Biden continue to brew as attention returns to his domestic agenda.
Some Democrats have blamed moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has come out against Biden’s plan to pass $3.5 trillion in filibuster-proof spending, for getting in the way. The prospect of losing the House only adds pressure on Biden to pass his agenda unilaterally.
While it is certainly possible that Biden rebounds as the media returns from pummeling him over Afghanistan to being his cheerleader, his party could be in trouble if things do not get better by next November.
Pelosi, for her part, is likely in her last term as speaker, and she doesn’t want to end things on a low note. But she is projecting confidence nevertheless. “I think that all of our members who survived Trump being on the ballot with them will survive next year because Trump’s not on the ballot,” she said Wednesday, according to Newsweek.