After a week of electoral momentum, President Joe Biden saw his approval ratings drop significantly, driven mostly by Democrats and independents.
According to latest The economist / YouGov poll on Wednesday, Biden’s net approval fell 14 points to 39 percent. Previously, Biden had an unusually high approval rating from “less committed Democrats,” YouGov says. The President ended the week with an approval rating of 45 percent. However, independents appear to be giving Biden the cold shoulder as his approval rating has fallen by a whopping 18 percent over the past week.
While the direct answer to why the sudden decline isn’t certain, the poll points to Biden’s lack of favor in the economy as a possible reason. Both inflation and the economy were the top issues for Democrats and independents as the midterm elections approached. Biden’s net approval of his handling of jobs and the economy is down 15 points this week, according to YouGov.
Professor and political pollster, Kevin Wagner, narrates news week that “people’s perception of the economy is driving many political assessments right now, and it’s likely what’s keeping President Biden’s approval ratings low.”
Wagner conducted a similar poll at Florida Atlantic University and found that both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, both Republicans, were ahead of their opponents and that the main problem for voters was the inflation was.
Last week, while Biden was campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek in Oregon, he was asked about the economy. The president said he was more concerned about global inflation, prompting Republicans to label him “tone deaf” on Twitter.
“Yesterday Biden called the economy ‘strong as hell’. According to a recent CNN poll, 78% of Americans say the economy is ‘poor,'” tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
“Better business news could help the president or if there is an event that changes the narrative on an issue where people have more positive views of the president,” Wagner added.
Overall, American concerns about the state of the economy leading up to the midterms have grown. YouGov says in its latest poll that 60 percent of Americans think the economy is “getting worse,” while nearly half of Americans think the economy is “bad.”
Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jaime Dimon told CNBC earlier this month that the United States is likely to experience “some kind of six to nine month recession.” Dimon added that despite the current challenges, he thinks the economy is “still basically doing fine,” but cautioned that people can’t talk about the economy without “talking about things going forward.” “.
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