Dementia Joe has been struggling over his ratings after it hit a new low record – this is all expected after all the damage he’s done to America, he even deserved a negative rating.
In the latest poll tracker released by FiveThirtyEight, the majority of Americans believed Joe is too weak to handle multiple economic and legislative headwinds – making his popularity rating hit a new low of just over 43%.
In July, Biden’s approval rating was 43.5 percent and it has been slowly declining since then… Meanwhile, his disapproval rating was the highest during his administration, at 50.6 percent.
Biden pinned much of his domestic agenda on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and his sweeping budget. While his slide has coincided with another spike in coronavirus cases, a bloody Afghanistan withdrawal, and economic challenges ranging from supply chain issues to inflation.
And on a compromise that would give both the votes needed to pass the House, where they hold just a three-vote margin and the 50-50 Senate, the Democrats have yet to agree.
According to FiveThirtyEight Politics Chat Transcript:
Since Aug. 30, more Americans have disapproved of Biden than have approved of him.
Sarah (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): President Biden’s approval ratings are underwater — 49.2 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president while 44.6 percent approve, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker.
Alex (Alex Samuels, politics reporter): Given the timing, the two biggest things that have contributed to this decline appear to be Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — specifically, how the situation has gotten worse due to the delta variant — and his administration’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
I’d assume, though, that COVID-19 is likely to have a bigger impact on Biden in the long term because Afghanistan has largely faded from the news …
… and the pandemic affects so much more, including the economy — and Biden’s ratings on the economy were never super-high to begin with. The delta variant itself, including its impact on people’s quality of life and on the economy — coupled with fears of inflation — has hurt Biden’s standing.
Nrakich (Nathaniel Rakich, senior elections analyst): Yeah, Alex, it’s clearly a range of factors. Biden’s approval rating was already slipping before Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, for instance, as the chart above shows.
I agree that the rise of the delta variant has likely played the biggest role, though. America went from feeling like the pandemic was behind it in early summer to experiencing the second-highest caseload of the pandemic by September. And Biden’s approval and disapproval ratings on the coronavirus dipped from 62 percent and 33 percent, respectively, on July 1 to 49.6 percent and 42.0 percent today…
Potentially clearing the way for House votes on both pieces of legislation, Democratic leaders have said that a budget framework could be reached as soon as Monday.
In August, the Senate passed the infrastructure bill meaning that before Biden leaves for Europe Thursday he could sign it, if the House does the same.
Though the public works package has polled remarkably well, Democrats were unable to pass it before the end of September as they originally promised, much to moderates’ chagrin.