President Joe Biden’s approval numbers began to decline almost as soon as he took office, went into negative territory in August 2021 amid the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, and have fallen even further since then due to issues like soaring inflation and high gas prices.
Now some Democrats are expressing concerns that Biden’s diminishing popularity will negatively impact Democratic electoral chances in November given that the party is inextricably linked to a president in whom the American people have “lost confidence,” Breitbart reported.
The reasons for such “lost confidence” are ample and clear and include Afghanistan, gas prices, and inflation, as well as things like the southern border migrant crisis, rising crime rates, and other economic woes like stagnant wage growth, among other issues.
Americans have “lost confidence” in Biden
The Hill reported Monday on the growing “anxiety” caused by President Biden for some Democrats with the unenviable task of attempting to retain Democratic control of the House and Senate in what was already looking to be a down year for the party simply due to historical trends and congressional redistricting.
“It’s bad,” one unnamed Democratic strategist told The Hill. “You have an energy crisis that’s paralyzing and inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re heading into a recession. The problem is simple. The American people have lost confidence in him.”
To be sure, the Biden White House has worked hard to spin the constant barrage of negative news for Biden as positively as possible, but the ever-shifting excuses — the latest is blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for high gas prices and inflation — aren’t going over well with the American people, and one unnamed administration official admitted that “the messaging hasn’t gotten through,” and added, “At times it feels like we’re spinning our wheels.”
“Everyone needs to come to terms with the reality that we’re going to get slaughtered in November,” the anonymous strategist told The Hill. “That’s a fact. His polling has gotten worse, not better. It’s indicative of the fact that people have lost confidence in his leadership. There’s nothing they’re going to be able to do.”
Outlook for Dems “not promising” and “problematic”
Similar concerns were raised last week in a Politico article highlighting the decided “enthusiasm gap” in favor of Republicans over Democrats ahead of the midterm elections as, again, it was feared that Biden’s low approval and poor job performance would drag congressional Democrats down by extension.
“Things could change,” former Obama advisor David Axelrod said. “But with only a quarter of the country believing things are headed in the right direction, the president sitting at a 40 or 42 [percent] approval and inflation at a 40-year high, the atmosphere clearly is not promising for Democrats to buck historical trends.”
“We’ve got to stop fooling ourselves here,” former Democratic advisor and strategist Julie Roginsky told Politico. “It would be a challenging environment, anyway, because the midterm election of an incumbent president whose party controls both houses always is. Layer on top of that concerns about inflation, concerns about the economy generally, and concerns about what’s going on in foreign policy right now, and it becomes problematic.”
Biden’s polling already a problem for Dems
According to both FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics, President Biden’s current average approval rating among all of the major polls stands at around 41 percent while his disapproval rating sits north of 53 percent.
Breitbart noted that those low approval numbers for Biden appear to have already significantly hampered his fellow Democrats, as evidenced by the generic ballot questions on numerous polls that consistently show a now double-digit lead for Republicans when voters are asked which party they intend to support in November.