President Joe Biden has consistently told journalists that he plans to run for another term in 2024. However, a new set of poll numbers suggest that he’s in for a hard fight.
The polling firm Gallup just announced that Biden’s sixth-quarter approval figures are the lowest the company has seen for any president.
Approval rating has fallen by almost 20 points
According to a news release put out by the company, only 38% of Americans say they approve of how the president has been handling his job. That’s a far cry from the 57% who expressed approval on the day he took office.
“A year ago, Biden’s honeymoon period came to an end when his approval rating dropped to 50% amid a surge in U.S. coronavirus cases,” Gallup’s press release explained.
“Since then, his public support has eroded after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the highest inflation in four decades, record-high gas prices, and continuing supply chain issues,” the statement continued.
“No president elected to his first term has had a lower sixth-quarter average than Biden, although Jimmy Carter’s and Donald Trump’s ratings were only slightly better, at 42%,” it acknowledged, adding, “Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan also averaged below majority approval.”
Republicans have far more intense feelings about Biden than Democrats do
Biden is also struggling to maintain the loyalty many of within his own party, with his 78% approval rating among Democrats marking a new low.
Further, Democrats are far less likely to express a deep-seated sense of support for Biden than Republicans are to voice strong opposition to him.
Whereas 87% of Republicans strongly disapprove of the president’s track record, just 30% of Democrats say they strongly approve.
Meanwhile, the poll found that 43% of independent voters strongly disapprove of Biden’s time in office compared with only 9% who strongly approve.
As it drew to a close, the Gallup statement pointed out that Biden’s poor approval numbers don’t just have implications for his own future.
“Democrats were already facing a tough environment in this fall’s midterms as they seek to retain their narrow majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate,” it observed, noting, “Biden’s now weaker approval makes their odds of doing so even steeper.”