Earlier this year, a number of media outlets touted President Joe Biden’s approval rating as substantially higher than former President Donald Trump received at the same point in his term.
Multiple recent polls, however, show the president’s approval rating dipping down below the 50% mark.
The most recent example is a survey conducted by The Economist and YouGov, which surveyed 1,292 registered voters between July 10 and 13. Among the poll’s questions was one gauging Biden’s approval, with just 49% of respondents signaling their support of his job since taking office.
About a month earlier, the same poll registered his approval rating one point higher and most polls have shown him polling at or just above 50%.
Rasmussen found a similar trend in its poll, which was released last week. Out of 1,500 likely voters who participated, 48% approve of Biden’s job performance and 50% disapprove.
That firm also pegged Biden’s approval rating at about 50% last month, which was about five points lower than where it wsa in May. Now, Rasmussen has biden slipping below the 50% mark for the first time in his presidency.
While it is unclear which factors are contributing to his slipping numbers, there are multiple examples of the Biden’s policies disappointing or offending many Americans — including some who voted for him.
Causes for concern
Among the most notable is the president’s handling of a costly infrastructure deal he has been hoping to push through Congress. Polls also show Americans are increasingly disappointed by the Biden administration’s approach to immigration, crime, and the economy, as well.
If the trend continues, the voter dissatisfaction could play into the hands of Republicans ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Not only does historical precedent suggest that the GOP has an advantage in the upcoming election, those individual races are stacked in its favor.
In all but two of the midterm elections since World War II, the party of the president lost seats on Capitol Hill.
One recent report found that 19 so-called tossup races are for seats currently held by Democrats. Just two of them have a Republican incumbent.
Should Republicans prove victorious in half of those races, it would be enough to send the party into the next session with a 222-213 majority over Democrats.