President Joe Biden’s approval rate continues to trend downward even as his predecessor’s popularity appears to be climbing.
New polling in Iowa, for example, shows former President Donald Trump with a higher approval rating than he ever had while in the White House.
That state could prove pivotal as Trump determines whether to throw his hat in the ring for another term as president.
“His popularity hasn’t waned”
According to Breitbart, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll released on Monday gave Trump a 53% approval rating compared to 45% disapproval.
Tweeting out the results of its poll, the Register referenced Trump’s upcoming trip to Iowa as “his popularity hasn’t waned in the state — it’s risen.”
The latest poll tops a previous approval rating high of 50% as registered in 2018. As for the current president, he appears to be firmly on the opposite trajectory.
In its report, the Register concluded that Biden has seen “his worst marks in seven Iowa Polls dating to 2012,” with just 37% approval and a whopping 61% disapproval.
“The situation we have now is very bad”
Support for Trump remains highly politicized, of course, with more than 9 in 10 Republicans viewing him favorably and nearly all Democrats viewing him unfavorably. Independents were almost evenly split with 48% approval and 49% disapproval.
One respondent touted his support for Trump by declaring that the ex-president is not a politician.
“The situation we have now is very bad, and he will be able to correct that situation quicker than anybody else,” asserted Jerry Steward.
The poll results came out just ahead of the Trump rally planned to be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday. Thousands of supporters have shown up for such campaign events in recent weeks even though he has made no announcement regarding his plans for 2024. For its part, the Register described his upcoming rally as his “most overt entree back into Iowa politics.”
Many in the GOP clearly want the opportunity to vote for Trump again. During his remarks at a recent Republican Party conference in Michigan, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made his opinion known, stating: “I don’t think Trump is listening. He might be. I hope President Trump runs again.”