Two new national polls show that voters are unhappy with how President Biden’s term is going. His disapproval rating is at a record high, and he is locked in a dead heat with former President Trump in most general election polling.
The polls, conducted by The Washington Post-ABC News and NBC News, found that a majority of voters are dissatisfied with the economy, the cost of living, and Biden’s handling of the job.
In the Post-ABC poll, 44% of respondents said they are worse off than they were four years ago, the highest percentage for any president in the poll since Ronald Reagan in 1986. In the NBC poll, 50% of respondents said they were “very dissatisfied” with the economy.
The polls also found that a majority of voters are concerned about the state of the U.S. economy and the cost of living. In the Post-ABC poll, 74% of respondents said they were concerned about the economy, and 75% said they were concerned about wages. In the NBC poll, 91% of respondents said the cost of food was a negative, and 87% said the same about gas and energy prices.
Biden’s low approval ratings and the high level of voter discontent are warning signs for Democrats. The midterm elections are just a few months away, and the party is at risk of losing control of one or both houses of Congress.
If Biden’s approval ratings do not improve, he could also face an uphill battle in his re-election bid in 2024. Trump is already campaigning for the presidency, and he remains popular among Republican voters.
Why Voters Are Discontent
There are a number of factors that may be contributing to voter discontent. The economy is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and inflation is at a 40-year high. The cost of living is rising, and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.
Biden has also been criticized for his handling of the war in Ukraine, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and the immigration crisis at the southern border.
Additionally, some voters may be unhappy with Biden’s age and health. He is the oldest person ever to be elected president, and he has had a number of health issues since taking office.
What Biden Needs to Do
If Biden wants to turn things around, he needs to address the concerns of voters. He needs to find a way to bring down inflation and make the economy more affordable for ordinary Americans. He also needs to show that he is competent and in control of the country.
Biden also needs to reach out to voters who are not happy with his performance. He needs to listen to their concerns and offer solutions to the problems they are facing.
It will not be easy for Biden to turn things around, but it is possible. If he can address the concerns of voters and show that he is a capable leader, he may be able to win back their trust.