With his massive spending agenda still in limbo on Capitol Hill, supply chain woes leading into the holiday season, and controversial vaccine mandates threatening the stability of the nation’s workforce, President Joe Biden’s approval has fallen off a cliff, as the latest NBC News poll reveals.
The bad news for Biden and the Democrats was delivered Sunday on Meet the Press and is seen as potentially predictive of a rough road into Tuesday’s off-year election as well as the 2022 midterms.
Characterizing the poll results as “scary” for Democrats, as the Washington Examiner noted, host Chuck Todd indicated that “Just 22% of adults say we’re headed in the right direction. A shocking 71% say we’re on the wrong track, and that includes a near majority of Democrats who are saying that.”
Todd underscored the rapidity with which Biden’s approval dropped, observing that just two months prior to these poll results, the president was “in positive territory – 49% approving and 48% disapproving,” as compared to now, when he only garners 42% approval and 54% disapproval.
The Sunday morning host went further, attempting to delve deeper into precisely what was causing the sharp declines for Biden, remarking that “just 37% say he has the ability right now to handle a crisis, versus nearly a majority who say he does not,” and noting that 50% of respondents do not believe the president is competent and effective in his role.
Adding to Biden’s woes, according to Todd, are Republican gains among voters on issues such as inflation, national security, border security, and the economy, all realms in which the GOP boasts double-digit leads on Democrats.
In assessing Biden and the Democrats’ ability to recover from this very noteworthy slide, Todd declared it unclear “whether any deal struck by Democrats on the social spending and infrastructure bills will nudge Mr. Biden’s numbers back into positive territory, or whether the damage to his reputation is more of a scar than a bruise.”
The outcome of the NBC News poll, which included 1,000 adults surveyed between Oct. 23-26 appears in line with the results of other recent studies, with Gallup reporting at roughly the same time that Biden’s approval rating sat at 42%, representing a staggering decline of 14 points since June.
As Todd noted, it remains to be seen whether anything can create a positive shift for the president in the short term, and the only thing for which the Democrats can be grateful right now is that the midterms are still another year away.