Democrats’ hopes of President Joe Biden seeing an improvement in job approval ratings continue to hold their breath. In the first half of 2022, Biden has yet to see a rebound from relatively weak numbers.
The most recent poll, which came from Emerson College Polling, showed Biden with a 38% job approval, while 52% disapprove of the job he is doing. Those numbers are down from April, when Emerson showed his approval rating at 42%.
Emerson noted that Biden struggled with swing voters and suburban voters.
Recent polling from Reuters-Ipsos is more dismal. After showing a 42% approval rating and a 50% disapproval rating on May 17, the numbers on May 25 declined to a 36% approval rating and a 59% disapproval rating. It was the worst poll numbers of Biden’s term.
But a recent Economist-YouGov poll showed Biden at a 44% approval rating and a 51% disapproval rating. The numbers are not strong but they present the possibility that the administration can perhaps rebound from a strong performance in 2021.
Nate Silver of data-based news website FiveThirtyEight recently noted Biden’s challenge of overcoming issues that have drawn attention in the last 12 months.
There was never any spike in Biden’s approval rating. It’s fairly typical for presidents to start out with strong approval ratings and then for them to decline after ~6 months; for Biden, there were the additional complications of Afghanistan, inflation and the Delta variant. https://t.co/A62BomZbxO pic.twitter.com/dwWrEvalZz
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 21, 2022
The midterm elections are in November. Democrats have expressed pessimism that Republicans will retake the House or the Senate.
“It’s going to be a terrible cycle for Democrats,” Doug Sosnik, a former political adviser to Bill Clinton, told the New York Times.