On Monday (August 8), when President Joe Biden was asked about his dismal approval rating, Biden was adamant he expected that to change.
Biden acknowledged that the country had been “divided for so long” and that only recently had been that there been “any movement,” concluding that people would “see a lot of change.”
Biden made his remarks while touring Lexington, Kentucky, after the devastating floods.
Biden’s polls have also been scrutinized recently, given the midterms are less than 100 days away. Biden has hovered at an approval rating of about 40 percent for several months, but a Gallop poll showed that Biden.
However, Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 38 percent, according to a recent poll by Gallup.
At the start of his term, Biden had an approval rating of 57 percent; last month this figure had decreased to 41 percent before dipping to a new low of 38 percent in this month’s polling.
This approval rating spells trouble for Democrats, who are fighting against political and historical odds that aren’t in their favor.
But the party’s recent legislative victories could be what it needs to revive support ahead of the midterms. The Inflation Reduction Act, a sweeping tax, climate, and healthcare bill passed on Sunday, is the party’s latest such victory, a pared-down version of Biden’s signature — but long-stalled — Build Back Better.
The bill will head to the House before Biden can sign it.
In the meantime, Biden has two bipartisan bills heading to his desk: a $280 billion bill to improve the domestic chip manufacturing industry and a bill to expand health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits.
These victories coupled with glimmers of hope in states like Kansas, where voters rejected a ballot questioning to remove abortion protection.