Biden’s approval rating stalled at a horrendous 40% in a dark sign for Democrats with three weeks until the midterms as he prepares for a key gas prices speech
- Biden’s Approval Rating Stuck At 40% For Midterm Exams
- Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden’s disapproval rate at 54%
- His low number worries Democrats ahead of the November 8 election
- Republicans Prefer to Take Control of the House of Representatives
- Biden tries to flip the script; goes into high gas prices on Wednesday
President Joe Biden’s approval rating remains stuck at the 40% heading into the midterm elections, as Democrats worry about their chances amid voters’ anger at the high cost of living.
Biden has tried to turn the script around. He tried to rally the Democratic base on Tuesday with a fiery speech about what would happen for women’s reproductive rights under Republican control.
He urged voters, especially women, to elect more Democrats to Congress and vowed that if they did, he would send legislation to Capitol Hill to pass Roe vs. Wade to codify.
And on Wednesday afternoon, he will address the high cost of gas and announce the release of another 15 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to cut prices at the pump ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
But a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday found the president’s valuation remains close to the lowest level of his presidency amid voter concerns about inflation.
The 40% figure was unchanged from the figure voters gave Biden the week before. And 54% disapprove of the work he does.
Biden’s unpopularity is a major concern that Republicans will take control of the House in the midterm elections that determine control of Congress. The Senate is seen as more up for grabs. But even with control of just one chamber, the GOP can bring Biden’s agenda to a halt.
President Joe Biden’s Approval Rating Stuck At 40% Headed To Midterm Election
But polls show voters are far more concerned about the economy, which has suffered from high inflation.
About one in three respondents to this week’s Reuters/Ipsos survey identified the economy as the biggest problem facing America. Only one in ten pointed to the end of national abortion rights.
Voters enter the elections and are confronted with record high food prices.
And while gas prices have fallen significantly from their summer highs, the national average for a gallon remains more than 50 cents higher than a year ago.
Biden’s announcement on Wednesday is part of the six-month release of 180 million barrels of oil that the president promised in March.
In his remarks, the president will also indicate that he is open to additional releases this winter in an effort to keep prices down as the cold sets in.
Gas prices have fallen significantly from their summer high, the national average for a gallon remains more than 50 cents higher than a year ago
The White House has blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for the high prices, calling it “Putin’s price hike.”
Republicans are hammering Biden and Democrats on the high cost of living, a problem voters see impacting their daily lives.
“Look, we’re doing everything we can,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday night. “We take this very seriously when it comes to inflation, when it comes to cutting costs. And the president will continue to do that work. That’s why the Inflation Act was so important.’
In the November election, Republicans need a net gain of five seats to gain the House majority, and a net gain of just one seat to gain control of the equally elected Senate.
A New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday showed momentum is with the GOP: 49% said they would vote for the Republican congressional candidate compared to the 45% who said they would vote for the Democrat.