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A Brand New Year, But Same Dismal Poll Numbers for Biden

President Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to tank. 

The president’s approval rating stands at 40% approval and 54% disapproval in a just-released USA Today/Suffolk University national poll. 

An average of all the most recent national surveys that measured Biden’s standing compiled by Real Clear Politics put the president’s approval at 42% and his disapproval at 54%. A similar compilation by FiveThirtyEight indicated Biden at 43% approval, 52% disapproval.

While the president’s numbers are still underwater in the new poll, it’s a slight improvement from the previous USA Today/Suffolk University poll, when Biden stood at 38%-59% approval/disapproval. That survey was conducted in early November, days after strong performances by Republicans in the Virginia and New Jersey statewide and legislative elections.

The slight uptick probably does not represent more people in favor of the president’s job performance, but rather simply more moving from “disproval” to “undecided.”

Biden’s approval rating hovered in the low to mid-50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers started sagging in August in the wake of Biden’s much-criticized handling of the turbulent U.S. exit from Afghanistan and following a surge in COVID-19 cases this summer among mainly unvaccinated people.

The plunge in the president’s approval was also fueled by the rapid increases in inflation surge since the summer and the surge this year of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. along the southern border with Mexico.

The presidential approval rating has also long been a much-watched indicator ahead of the midterm elections, and Biden’s flagging numbers could spell major trouble for the Democrats as they try to hold on to their razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate in the 2022 elections.

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which was conducted Dec. 27-30, puts the Democrats at 39% and the Republicans at 37% in the generic ballot question. The generic ballot, a closely watched barometer ahead of midterm elections, asks whether a respondent would vote for an unnamed Democrat or Republican candidate in their congressional district. 


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  1. Your report is very accurate and the Democrats do have a problem. The poll that I’m concerned about deals with do you support or oppose “For the People Act”. It already has passed the house the only thing holding it up is the Senate. According to a poll their is a great deal of support for the bill. I believe the Senate Democrats will find a way to pass it. Should that happen what will happen next?

    Dem Ind Rep
    Strongly support 24% 40% 21% 9%
    Somewhat support 32% 33% 32% 30%
    Somewhat oppose 15% 10% 12% 22%
    Strongly oppose 17% 5% 22% 27%
    Don’t know 12% 12% 14% 12%

    SUPPORT (TOTAL) 56% 73% 53% 39%
    OPPOSE (TOTAL) 32% 15% 34% 49%
    SUPPORT (NET) +24% +58% +19% -11%

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