This is getting really scary.
It was only a few weeks ago when many of President Joe Biden’s supporters were hopeful that the State of the Union address would spell a turnaround for the President’s approval rating. In that week, news outlets reported even the slightest positive bounce in Biden’s approval rating, pointing to these as the first indicators the President’s numbers had rebounded.
Now, more than a month later, the polls show that the President’s approval hasn’t rebounded. If anything, it’s done the opposite: deteriorated.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows the downward slope of Biden’s approval rating: 40%, 38%, and now 35%.
These figures could be worse if it weren’t for polls like the one from the Economist that put Biden’s approval rating at 46%, keeping the President’s average from dipping below 40%.
The latest figures spell disaster for Democrats who fear with Biden’s approval rating this low, Republicans gaining the majority in November’s midterms is inevitable.
For Biden, the worst could still be coming. One look at the Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center, which compiles the Gallup rating for each President — as far back as Harry Truman — shows that Biden is lower than most.
But, Presidents hit low spots.
Former President Donald Trump’s polling average declined to 37% in 2017; after the Jan. 6 riots, that figure was 34%.
In recent history, Obama’s polls remained relatively strong throughout his tenure, only hitting 40% a few times in 2011.
Following the war in Iraq and economic collapse, by October 2008, George W. Bush’s rating sat at only 25%.
During his tumultuous first year in office, Bill Clinton hit a low of 37%.
Before Clinton, George H.W. Bush hit 29% during the 1992 recession, and Ronald Reagan hit 35%, also during a recession.
With the economy tanking, pundits are wondering if this is Biden’s low or if his low is still to come?