‘Gut punch’: Biden’s unpopularity could impact party’s midterm chances, pollster says

President Joe Biden has long faced speculation regarding whether he would seek a second term in 2024.

Although much of that discussion has hinged on his advanced age and possible signs of cognitive decline, recent polling results show that he might not be in a position to win even if he does run for re-election.

Biden failing on multiple fronts

As Fox News reported, a Quinnipiac University survey released this week found that the president’s approval rating has dropped to just 36%, which is a point lower than where it was in the same poll last month.

Biden’s approval was even lower among independent voters, among whom fewer than 3 in 10 said they support his performance thus far.

The president’s worst marks came in the economic and foreign policy realms, with about one-third of respondents expressing approval for each.

Americans are also apparently unimpressed with his approach to climate change, with 34% expressing approval and 59% indicating disapproval.

Furthermore, Biden made his COVID-19 policy a major component of the 2020 campaign, but just 45% of respondents said they favor how he has responded.

“What may be most concerning”

It appears that Biden’s popularity problem is not limited to politics. Only 41% of respondents described him as honest while 37% believe he has good leadership skills.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy interpreted the results and asserted that these numbers should be “unsettling” to the Democratic Party.

“What may be most concerning is that overall ‘satisfaction’ is at an all-time low, and, significantly, 50 percent of those polled are ‘very dissatisfied,'” he stressed.

Malloy described that fact as “a gut punch” that is only exacerbated by cratering support for the president’s economic policies.

Looking at the party’s status heading into next year’s midterm elections, most signs seem to be pointing toward widespread GOP victories. In the recent poll, 46% of registered voters said they want to see a Republican majority on Capitol Hill, which is several points higher than those who want Democrats to keep control.

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