President Joe Biden has faced mounting criticism for his policies on Afghanistan, the economy, COVID-19 vaccines, and much more in recent months.
That backlash has translated into an ever-decreasing approval rating that registered at a dismal 38% in a recent poll.
Downward trend continues
According to Fox News, Quinnipiac University pollsters contacted 1,326 U.S. adults earlier this month to ask them a series of questions about the president.
Fewer than 4 in 10 said they approve of the job Biden has done in office compared to 53% who said they disapprove. The poll’s results come with a 2.7-point margin of error.
His current approval rating marks the lowest point ever for a Quinnipiac poll, marking a four-point drop from a similar poll conducted about three weeks ago.
Respondents were asked how they felt about Biden’s handling of various issues currently impacting the nation.
His best score came in regard to COVID-19, but even there he remained underwater with 48% approval and 50% disapproval.
GOP poised to benefit
The news got considerably worse for Biden, with 39% of respondents approving of his economic policy, 34% in favor of his foreign policy, and just 25% who approve of his immigration policy in general. As for the southern border crisis specifically, a paltry 23% of respondents expressed approval whereas more than 2 in 3 disapprove.
Of course, the Quinnipiac results are just the latest in a line of polls revealing a clear trend.
The RealClearPolitics average puts Biden’s approval at just 44.6%, which is more than four points lower than his disapproval rating.
As Fox News noted, the president entered office with an approval rating comfortably above 50%, where it remained for much of his first six months in office. The chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan combined with COVID-19 surges and economic woes, however, caused his numbers to begin sliding in August.
Not only does his faltering performance spell potential trouble for the 2024 presidential cycle, but it could also make it more difficult for Democrats running for office in next year’s midterm elections. As it stands, the party out of power has historically made congressional gains in the first midterm of a presidency, and Republicans are hoping to build even more momentum based on Biden’s popularity gap.