Biden Suffers Huge Loss Before Midterms

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

Two weeks before the midterms, President Joe Biden’s polling figures have dropped to 40 percent, according to Gallup’s latest polling figures.

On Tuesday (October 25), Gallup released its poll on Biden’s approval ratings showing a two-point decline from last month’s 42 percent approval rating.

Biden’s approval rating has fluctuated between 40 percent and 42 percent for much of the year, with slight deviations in July when it dropped to 38 percent and August when it climbed to 44 percent.

In Gallup’s Tuesday poll, Biden’s disapproval rating remained unchanged from September’s figures at 56 percent, a 3-point drop from his 59 percent disapproval rating in July.

But Biden has seen an uptick in approval from Independents, with Gallup’s poll showing the President had garnered nearly 40 percent approval from Independents, up from 36 percent in recent months.

Biden has also averaged an approval rating of 42 percent during his 21 months at the helm, keeping in line with recent predecessors who’ve all had mid-to-low forties approval ratings at this stage in their Presidencies.

The only exceptions to this have been Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, who both held approval ratings in the seventies at this point in their Presidencies.
The senior Bush’s figures were bolstered by the 1990 invasion of Iraqi against Kuwait, and George W. Bush saw an uptick in approval following the 9/11 attacks.

In its Polling analysis, Gallup points out that Americans view Biden’s figures more negatively than positively, which will likely hurt fellow Democrats in the upcoming midterms.