Biden’s approval rating sits at just 41% and just 36% back Kamala Harris in the latest poll as they prepare for her 2024 White House run
- New poll finds 41% approve of Biden’s job; 36% harris
- Duo is expected to run for a second term, with no timetable for an ad
- The president faces several legislative challenges in the coming months, including deals on the budget and the federal debt.
President Joe Biden’s approval rating remains stagnant, while Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval is slipping in a new poll as the duo prepare to run for a second term.
Biden’s approval sits at 41 percent, which is where he has been averaging in the new Monmouth University poll. Meanwhile, Harris’ approval was at a low of 36 percent.
The president’s average approval rating is 43 percent, according to five thirty eight. The vice president’s average is 38 percent, according to the statistics blog.
The president has not formally announced that he will seek four more years in the White House, but has said he intends to.
And he’s been hinting that there’s going to be an announcement soon.
At a White House event Wednesday afternoon for the National Medal of Arts, Biden pointed out how author Colson Whitehead, one of the honorees, had won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes.
“I’m kind of looking back to back at myself,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Biden has also been contrasting his presidency with the actions of Republicans, a message that will translate easily into a re-election campaign.
Last week he was on the West Coast to raise money for the Democratic Party and promote his administration’s work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, an issue the White House sees as a winner ahead of the 2024 election.
In his remarks, he criticized Republicans for trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Social Security and Medicare.
And he joked that lower drug prices are a widespread problem.
“He’s much more popular than me,” he said as the crowd laughed.
She spent much of the speech comparing her ideas to Republican proposals and shared, as she has often done, her family’s struggles with health care costs when her son Beau was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015.
President Joe Biden made jokes about a second term at a National Medal of Arts ceremony on Thursday; above, presents a medal to the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Vice President Kamala Harris with her husband Doug Emhoff
And in early March, he released a $6.8 trillion budget that taxes the rich higher, targets corporations and provides a massive injection of funds for social programs like childcare and paid family leave.
He proposed expansions to pre-kindergarten, child care, paid family leave, elder care, housing, the Child Tax Credit and Medicaid, all programs popular with Democratic voters.
And it set the stage for a clash of federal priorities with the Republicans, demanding cuts in federal spending to reduce the deficit.