President Joe Biden’s approval rating surged to 45% in September from a low of 36% two months ago, according to an AP-NORC poll, a potential bright spot for Democrats ahead of November’s midterm elections, when the party faces an uphill battle to try to maintain control over the House and the Senate.
According to the AP-NORC poll, Biden’s August approval rating was boosted by a surge in support among Democrats, who now approve of him at 78%, up from 65% in July.
Biden’s approval rating among Republicans rose slightly to 10% from just 5% two months ago.
The poll is not good news for the president, as 53% of Americans still disapprove of Biden, with the primary area of dissatisfaction being his handling of the economy.
The president’s approval rating appears to have been helped by the sharp drop in gas prices nationwide from a high of $5 a gallon in June and recent legislative successes.
Biden’s rating also benefited from signs of a potential 2024 run by former President Donald Trump, who Biden tried to threaten US democracy.
A big number
38%. That’s the percentage of Americans who approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, according to the poll. The economy remains an area of major concern for the president, especially as inflation remains stubbornly high.
After taking a big hit earlier this year due to record-high inflation, Biden’s approval ratings have slowly risen following a series of major victories, including the passage of a landmark inflation-reduction bill that earmarks $360 billion in spending to fight climate change. Democratic supporters also appear to have been emboldened by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has sparked a flurry of anti-abortion legislation — including outright bans — in several Republican-controlled states. Biden also made sure to call attention to his main rival and predecessor Trump and the “MAGA Republicans”, accusing them of “violence, hatred and division”. Democrats now enter the midterm elections in much better shape than dire predictions earlier this year suggested. While Republicans are widely expected to win a majority in the House, Democrats now have a strong chance to retain control of the Senate and potentially expand their majority.
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