Presidential Low Rating Turns Problematic

October 14, 2021

Biden Low Ratings

President Joe Biden is facing the most challenging period of his presidency, and his presidential low rating is worrying Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Joe Biden’s decline in approval rating worries Democrats before 2022 midterms

The decline in polls has some of Biden’s supporters wondering if it is time to make some changes in how he is governing. However, experts say it is not too late for the president to regain his footing.

For Biden’s approval rating to inch back up, he needs to start delivering on some of the promises he campaigned on last year. Interestingly, his agenda remains popular, but he needs big bills to reach his desk for a signature.

His numbers fell by a lot with Black voters, Hispanics, and women. These groups were promised a different approach and a serious upgrade after four years of President Donald Trump in the White House.

Presidential Low Rating Turns Problematic

While Biden could line up some wins in the upcoming weeks, two of his initiatives are trapped for the time being in Congress.

A bipartisan infrastructure bill that could help strengthen the economy is blocked in the House of Representatives for now.

A reconciliation package that invests in clean energy, universal pre-K, and medicare is stuck in Congress where progressive and moderate Democrats cannot agree on the final price tag.

If those two major bills make it to Biden’s desk soon enough, pollsters expect his numbers to improve. Democrats are praying for this outcome in the hope of retaining power in the House and the U.S. Senate next year.

Biden’s approval sits at 44.3 percent, while his disapproval is at 49.6 in the FiveThirtyEight average.

However, a CNN poll released on Wednesday showed a slight improvement, 50 percent positive and 49 percent negative.

Some are already wondering if this is the beginning of a trend or just an outliner. So, why did Biden’s approval rating fall in the past few months?

Why did Biden’s approval rating fall?

According to experts, the main reason for the drop is the rise in coronavirus cases brought by the delta variant. Voters were promised a return to normalcy, and they are angry that this is not yet a reality.

There are also some worries about inflation; prices have gone up 5.4 percent compared to last year. This is a 13-year high. The third issue linked to Biden’s decline in polling is the fall of Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban regime.

Americans did not like images of their soldiers leaving the country after a costly 20-year war in haste. Moreover, the southern border crisis during the summer probably did not help the president’s approval rating either.

The current situation is reminiscent of 2010 when a lack of enthusiasm in Democratic voters led to a Republican wave in Congress.

Can Biden recover?

Then-President Barack Obama was able to recover in time for his reelection in 2012.

Democrats are trying to avoid what happened 11 years ago.

It seems possible, and many believe that Biden will try to sell his agenda differently in the upcoming months.

Some measures like the most significant increase for Social Security checks in four decades could help Biden reconnect with his voters.

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