Biden approval at 39% as nearly half of Americans ‘strongly’ disapprove

Biden approves at 39% as nearly half of Americans ‘strongly’ disapprove

President Joe Biden said Thursday that Americans are “really, really depressed.” He’s right about that.

A new USA TODAY/Suffolk poll shows the country in a funk and sets a problematic political landscape for Democrats in the fast approaching November election.

  • Only 39% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president. An astonishing 47% “strongly” disapprove; only 16% approve “strongly”. Academic studies have shown that presidential approval is one of the most reliable predictors of what happens in midterm elections, and such a low rating would traditionally signal major losses for the president’s party.
  • More than 7 in 10, 71%, say the United States is “on the wrong track”; 16% say it is going in the right direction. Even most Democrats say the country is on the wrong track, 46% to 34%. Three of the 4 independents and nearly all Republicans agree.
  • Americans split 40% to 40% when asked if they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat for Congress if the election were held today. Independent analysts and strategists from both parties say Republicans are likely to win the handful of seats they need to take control of the House. Democrats now hold 220 House seats; 218 are required for control.

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