President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have just received some bad news as next year’s midterm election cycle rapidly approaches.
According to Breitbart, a new poll signals sagging approval ratings for the president and his party.
Democracy Corps published the results of the survey conducted between April 27 and May 3, which included a question about Biden’s job performance.
In crucial swing states, just 35% of registered independent voters approve of the president’s job in office thus far, compared to 47% who disapprove.
Worse yet, pollsters found that Democrats receive a paltry 17% support among independents in a general matchup scenario. Another 34% say they would back a Republican and 45% remain undecided.
Of course, FiveThirtyEight recently found that Biden’s overall approval stood at about 53% with 41% disapproval. His numbers were notably weaker, however, in a survey by the Trafalgar Group that put his 48% approval rating just one point higher than his disapproval.
Perhaps most notable in the Trafalgar Group poll was the finding that only about 57% of likely Democratic voters would commit to voting for Biden in a hypothetical 2024 re-election bid.
GOP stands strong
Republicans appear to have the upper hand in terms of voter engagement, too, according to Democracy Corps.
“The percentage of Democrats showing the highest levels of engagement dropped from 85 percent just before last year’s election to 57 percent in this month’s survey,” pollsters reported. “By contrast, 68 percent of Republicans say they’re still highly engaged, compared to 84 percent before the election.”
Even as a few GOP officials stoke division surrounding former President Donald Trump’s influence in the party, the survey found that Republicans are still holding on to a full 87% of its non-Trump members.
While it remains a possibility that the Republican Party could shed more of those anti-Trump voters if the intraparty civil war intensifies, early indicators do not show such a trend.
What all of the numbers collectively seem to show is that the GOP is poised for a strong showing in the 2022 midterms as they push forward with a goal of reclaiming a majority on Capitol Hill. As the House of Representatives currently reflects, Republicans will need to pick up a total of five seats to gain control of the chamber.