Biden’s Favorability Remains Low – Can that Change Before November?

By John Dressel on March 20, 2022
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There’s no denying that President Biden has struggled with his approval rating. At best, you could say his favorability amongst Americans has been shaky.

The President has rarely reached above a 45% approval rating since his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, according to polls done by Rasmussen Reports. That was back in August, and in the weeks that followed, Biden saw his disapproval rating skyrocket and approval rating plummet. His administration has scrambled since then to change the narrative of a floundering presidency.

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Biden has even lost a substantial amount of favorability among young voters, including young democrats. Harvard’s youth poll found that the president’s approval with young Americans has dropped 13 percentage points. It also found a 10-point drop among young democrats. Although the poll was done in December, it can still be indicative of a scary possibility for the Biden administration – Americans, even young ones, are not going to show up for Democrats in November.

The midterms are approaching rapidly, with primaries already kicking off across the country. Hope is not as bleak for the democrats as it was in 2021, or even February for that matter. However, they have an incredibly thin margin for victory. Democrats can only afford to lose five seats in the House and cannot afford to lose a single seat in the Senate if they hope to hold onto a majority in either chamber.

It is historically difficult for a recently elected president’s party to maintain a majority in Congress and President Biden’s favorability plays a key role in his party’s chances this November. So, the question is: Can President Biden turn the tide enough before the midterms? Are there any opportunities for him to do this?

Recent reports and polls indicate that this is already happening. The President has seen his favorability level out following his response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and his State of the Union address. Political minds seem to be mixed on whether he can continue this trend and gain enough momentum for his party before the midterms.

There ARE opportunities for Biden to gain much-needed ground. If Ukraine can continue its impressive defense against Russia’s invasion, it is probable that Biden’s approval ratings will temporarily continue to see improvement. Furthermore, if Ukraine can completely drive out the Russian military, Biden will inevitably see a dramatic increase in his ratings – even if he did not have much to do with their victory.

The problem for democrats is other issues that are not directly Biden’s fault will continue to negatively impact public perception. Inflation is hurting American pockets, and Federal Reserve Chairman said on Wednesday that inflation will remain high through the middle of the year. As inflation persists, the Biden administration will continue to hurt from it.

It is difficult to accurately predict what November will look like for either party. Democrats will be relying heavily on how Biden can respond to major issues over the coming months. Republicans will continue to hammer out the narrative that rising costs and other major issues are the results of failed democratic policies. It will be up to the American people if they trust the current party in power to handle these issues effectively.

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