A poll released at the end of last month by Gallup showed President Joe Biden’s approval rating as being at its lowest point since he first took office.
That seems to have scared some high-profile Democrats, with some now openly saying Biden shouldn’t seek a second term.
Poll shows 43% of independent voters strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance
Conducted between July 5 and July 26, the survey found that just 38% expressed support for how the president has been handling his job compared with 59% who said they disapproved.
That gave Biden a lower approval rating than any of his ten consecutive predecessors at this point in their respective presidencies.
What’s more, there is a large disparity in how intensely each group feels: whereas just 13% said they strongly approved of Biden’s performance, a whopping 45% said they strongly disapproved.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans made up the group most likely to voice opposition to Biden, with 87% saying they strongly disapproved of his time in office.
Democratic congresswoman: “No, he should not run again”
Far more worrying for Democrats is that 43% of independent voters held the same view. That likely explains why New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney recently told The New York Times editorial board that Biden should stay off the ballot in 2024.
Maloney serves as chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and when asked whether the president should seek another term, she responded, “Off the record, he’s not running again.”
After being pressed by the editorial board to answer on the record she said, “On the record? No, he should not run again.”
Both incumbents in NY-12 throw Biden under the bus to the Times@CarolynBMaloney tries to go off the record to say he isn’t running and is rebuffed @JerryNadler says for some reason we need to wait until after primary
— Eric Koch (@EricDKoch) August 13, 2022
Meanwhile, Fox News reported earlier this month that both Maloney and fellow New York Rep. Jerry Nadler dodged the question of Biden’s future during a Democratic primary debate.
“Too early to say,” Nadler was quoted as telling the moderator. “Doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”