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Biden’s approval drops to the same low as Trump’s at this point in their presidencies


Biden’s approval drops to the same low as Trump’s at this point in their presidencies – as Democrats warn the party has ‘alarming credibility’ problems and 66% of swing voters in battleground states they have gone ‘too far’ on COVID

  • President Joe Biden’s approval number has dropped to the same low as former President Donald Trump’s at the same point in their presidencies 
  • A year and a month into his tenure, FiveThirtyEight.com has Biden’s approval rating average sitting at 41.6 per cent, while Trump was at 41.1 per cent 
  • Trump dragged down Republicans, with Democrats able to pick up 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections, gaining back the majority 
  • A recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee document warned the party has ‘alarming credibility’ problems 


President Joe Biden‘s approval number has dropped to the same low as former President Donald Trump‘s at the same point in their presidencies. 

A year and a month into his tenure, FiveThirtyEight.com has Biden’s approval rating average sitting at 41.6 per cent, while Trump’s was 41.1 per cent during this week in February in 2018.   

Trump’s approval average lingered between the high 30s and low 40s throughout his one term. Biden, on the other hand, started out at 55 per cent approval, and never hit that number again since. 

Trump dragged down the prospects for members of his party, with Democrats able to pick up 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections, gaining back the majority. 

Republicans look poised to do the same under Biden, with a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee document warning the party has ‘alarming credibility’ problems – with 66 per cent of swing voters in battleground states they have gone ‘too far’ on COVID. 

President Joe Biden’s approval number has dropped to the same low as former President Donald Trump’s at the same point in their presidencies. FiveThirtyEight.com has Biden’s approval rating average sitting at 41.6 per cent, while Trump’s was 41.1 per cent

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the DCCC presented the results of a battleground states poll with membership Thursday morning.

The DCCC’s poll was conducted from mid-January to early February and surveyed voters from the 60 most competitive House districts heading into November. 

One slide warned Democrats: ‘Many of the Republican attacks tested have alarming credibility.’ 

More than half the voters in competitive House districts – 57 per cent – said they agreed with the statement, ‘Democrats in Congress have taken things too far in their pandemic response.’  

Among so-called ‘swing’ voters in those districts the number was worse – 66 per cent of those voters said they believed Democrats went too far.  

The survey also found that Republicans have been able to make some attacks stick. 

Former President Donald Trump's approval average lingered between the high 30s and low 40s throughout his one term. He dragged down the prospects for members of his party, with Democrats able to pick up 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections

Former President Donald Trump’s approval average lingered between the high 30s and low 40s throughout his one term. He dragged down the prospects for members of his party, with Democrats able to pick up 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections

Overall, 64 per cent of voters in competitive disticts said ‘Democrats in Congress support defunding the police and taking more cops off of the street.’

Among swing voters, the number moved up to 80 per cent.   

On immigration, 62 per cent of competitive district voters said, ‘Democrats in Congress have created a border crisis that allows illegal immigrants to enter the country without repercussions and grants them tax-payer funded benefits once here.’ 

That number moved up to 78 per cent among swing voters. 

Additionally, 61 per cent of voters in competitive districts believed, ‘”Democrats in Congress are spending money out of control,’ and ‘Democrats are teaching kids as young as five Critical Race Theory, which teaches that America is a racist country and that white people are racist.’ 

Fifty-nine per cent said they agreed with the statement, ‘Democrats are too focused on pursuing an agenda that divides us and judging those who don’t see things their way.’  

Politico reported earlier this week that the DCCC found that Democrats have a better chance when they respond to Republican attacks. 

When Republicans say Democrats want to ‘defund the police,’ the DCCC recommended to its candidates that they show support for law enforcement.

On immigration, Democrats needed to make clear they didn’t support ‘open borders.’

When Democrats offered a response, Republicans’ advantage receded to 6 points. If they didn’t respond, the DCCC found that Republicans’ leads expand from 4 to 14

And six-point figure doesn’t factor in what happens if Democratic House candidates go on the offensive.             

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