Things are going from bad to worse for Joe Biden.
According to RealClearPolitics, the latest series of polls has the president’s average approval rating at a dismal 43.3%.
On the flip side, RealClearPolitics had Biden’s average disapproval rating at 52%. This means that on average, the president is currently underwater by 8.7 percentage points, the most he’s been upside-down since he first took office last January.
During the early part of his presidency, Biden consistently enjoyed approval ratings in the 50s. But things began going south for the Democrat commander-in-chief over the summer, particularly amid his administration’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
That situation is still far from resolved, and Americans are still stuck in the Taliban-controlled nation. But that’s not all that’s troubling Biden.
The fiscal year 2021, which just came to an end, is expected to be one of the worst years on record for illegal immigration, and 2002 is already looking like it might be even worse.
The American economy is also a wreck under Biden’s leadership. The latest jobs report, for the month of September, shows that the U.S. economy came up well short of expectations, with inflation running rampant; meanwhile, the president continues to push for trillions of dollars in government spending. And the list goes on.
The developments are particularly concerning for Democrats as the 2022 election cycle closes in. Over the past five decades, there’s been a strong correlation between a president’s approval numbers and his party’s results in the midterm elections.
A 2010 report from Gallup claimed that on average, the president’s party loses 36 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterms when their personal approval rating is sitting below 50%. “Presidents above 50% lose [an] average of 14 House seats in midterm elections,” Gallup said.
Looking at Biden’s numbers, the future doesn’t seem particularly bright for those on the left side of the political aisle. One can only hope the GOP takes full advantage of the opportunity.