The latest approval rating for President Joe Biden is devastating for the White House. It was done by Morning Consult and Politico, and it is a massive hurdle for the administration which is trying to turn the first half of the term around. It is also a hurdle for the Democrat candidates heading into the midterms.
The surgery was taken from more than 2,000 registered voters between September 23 and 25. It found that just 41 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, which compares to 56 percent who disapprove.
Last week the rating for approval was at 46 percent, Biden’s high water mark of his term. But now there is a 5-point drop in one week, and it is now just 40 days until the midterms.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll explained that the drop was understandable as a “plurality of voters also did not approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, jobs, healthcare, immigration, climate change and a host of other policy areas surveyed in the poll.”
The poll also elaborated on the results saying, “the economy was the top issue among 44 percent of voters (the highest of any issue in the poll), and 61 percent disapproved of Biden’s handling of the economy,” according to Politico’s summary. This is even though the Biden team attempted to bring abortion to the forefront.
There is an increasing number of Democrats who believe that Biden is not up to the job of being president any longer. The poll indicated that “two-thirds of respondents said they did not think Biden should run for president again in 2024.”
Vice President Kamala Harris is in first place among Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents to take Biden’s place. But she only has 26 percent support. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is trailing the VP with 13 percent, and he is followed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) with 8 percent and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 7 percent. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) is preferred by just 5 percent, while Senator Amy Klobuchar has 4 percent. There are 25 percent saying they’re “not sure” who should run instead of Biden in 2024.