Savannah Hulsey Pointer, FISM News
President Joe Biden is facing a possible loss of confidence from his party as polling indicates that the American people don’t have a positive impression of the current administration.
According to the most recent NBC News polling numbers, Biden’s presence in the White House could have a negative impact on Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. The poll showed record lows in the public’s perception of the commander in chief with only 40% approving of Biden’s performance, and only 37% having a favorable opinion of the president.
“It’s bad,” an anonymous Democratic strategist said, according to The Hill. “You have an energy crisis that’s paralyzing and inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re heading into a recession. The problem is simple. The American people have lost confidence in him.”
“Everyone needs to come to terms with the reality that we’re going to get slaughtered in November,” the strategist reportedly continued. “That’s a fact. His polling has gotten worse, not better. It’s indicative of the fact that people have lost confidence in his leadership. There’s nothing they’re going to be able to do.”
A March 1 report by CBS News stated that, if Biden’s approval numbers “hover around 40% on key issues for voters, it could threaten Democratic candidates across the country later this year. Currently, Biden’s approval among Democrats remains at around 78% while he has just 37% approval with independent voters.
Former domestic policy adviser for the Clinton administration, Bill Galston, said, “unless and until inflation comes down appreciably, that there’s going to be a ceiling on his job approval that’s a lot lower than the White House wants it to be.”
In addition to inflation, gas prices and the war in Ukraine are among some of the top issues that potentially stand in the way of Democrats garnering favor with the American people, according to the NBC poll.
A further look at the data shows that Biden is faltering in other key areas. The vast majority (81%) of Americans said they believe border security to be more important than immigration, an issue that Biden has not prioritized. Additionally, only 28% of Americans said they had considerable ability to respond to the war between Russia and Ukraine. It also indicates that 53% of those who responded believe the United States is experiencing the beginning of a long-term decline.
Gallup Senior Editor Jeff Jones said “high gas prices are one of the biggest anchors on presidential approval,” according to The Daily Caller, while Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinions Strategy told NBC News that he believes Biden and Democrats “are headed for a catastrophic election.”
“You cannot get down to the low 40s in presidential approval unless you have strained your own base,” McInturff said.
A report by The Dallas Morning News indicated that, even on the state level, “President Joe Biden’s low approval rating” could prove difficult to overcome for Democratic officials hoping to win local office.
“If Biden doesn’t recover to some extent, it doesn’t matter what any candidate in Texas does,” said Democratic strategist Harold Cook. “They can run perfect campaigns, well-funded campaigns. None of that will matter. They’re going to get creamed.”