Biden Hits Rock Bottom?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden has entered the new year with low approval ratings; the figures are among the lowest in his Presidency.

Biden’s low approval rating comes as a surprise, given the shot-in-the-arm the White House received after the Democrats’ better-than-expected results in the midterm elections.

On Thursday (January 19), a Reuters-Ipsos poll revealed 40 percent of Americans approved of Biden’s job performance. Despite the approval rating being one percentage point higher than what Biden achieved in the survey last month.

However, the low approval rating is still likely to make Democrats angsty about the President’s chances in his reelection bid.

One Democrat strategist noted that it wasn’t ideal for Biden to launch a 2024 reelection bid with an approval rating “hovering around 40 percent.”

The strategist insisted, “You, at the very least, want to be five or six points higher.”

At this point in his Presidency, former President Barack Obama’s approval rating hovered at 44 percent, according to a Gallup poll.

Obama went on to win his reelection bid, easily beating his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

However, at this point in former President Donald Trump’s Presidency, a Gallup poll placed his approval rating at 37 percent, and he went on to lose his reelection bid to Biden.

Biden’s approval rating could take an even bigger knock as the White House deals with a controversy surrounding the discovery of classified documents.

Yet, Biden’s aides remain optimistic that the controversy won’t have a negative impact, given the President has been cooperating with the Department of Justice.