By Casey Harper (Center Square)
New polls show that both President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress have reached new lows in terms of approvals this year.
The vote comes at a crucial moment as Democrats are trying to fight members of their own party to line up behind two big spending bills.
Five Thirty Eight, a polling analysis group, reported that Biden’s approval rating reached a new low this week, just above 43%, averaging several recent votes.
His dissent is about 51%, which is the worst since he took office.
Biden’s approval ratings are better than those of former President Donald Trump at the same time, but much lower than those of former President Barack Obama during his presidency.
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A Gallup poll released on Tuesday found that congressional approval also reached a new low for 2021.
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The survey found that congressional approval in October fell to a disappointing 21%. The main reason for this decline is the sharp decline among Democrats, whose congressional approval has dropped from 55% to 33%.
“While it’s still better than the 15% approval rating at the end of the 116th Congress split in December, today’s reading is well below this year’s high of 36%,” Gallup said. “This was measured after Congress passed the latest COVID-19 economic relief package, known as the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.”
Congress has seen consistently low approval ratings over the years, averaging about 18% over the past decade. These numbers have risen with the start of a new democratic government in early 2021.
However, this new poll indicates that the Democrats ’honeymoon period is over even as they try to get their biggest legal challenge across the finish line.
The Democratic leadership has proposed an agreement is imminent, but it has not yet been implemented.
Democrats were clearly disappointed if the bipartisan infrastructure bill was not passed earlier this year.
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“Democrat approval has remained high until May, after Congress failed to reach a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package within Biden’s Memorial Day deadline before dropping to 38% in June,” Gallup said. Democrats’ approvals were somewhat reversed in the summer but re-sank in the latest measure, as Democrats continue to disagree on Biden’s main spending bill. Denying it, basically the opposite of the February figures (61% approval, 37% disapproval).
Syndicated with permission from Center Square.