US Midterms: Biden Approval's Rating Remains Low

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The Facts

  • As midterm elections loom just weeks away, on Tuesday, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed that Pres. Biden's approval rating stayed close to the lowest level of his presidency this week at 40%, unchanged from last week.

  • Biden’s sagging approval ratings, which drifted as low as 36% in May and June, are projected to weigh on the Democratic Party's chances in November.

The Spin

Democratic narrative

While the president has seen his approval ratings plummet, the outlook for other Democrats isn't nearly as bad – and has even been looking up ahead of the midterms. SCOTUS' overturning of Roe v. Wade, and extremist Trump-like candidates running for the GOP have given Democratic voters a reason to get out and vote.

Republican narrative

Democrats are running against history, as the party in power almost always loses ground in Congress in midterm elections. With Biden's approval ratings remaining low, if the Republicans focus on rampant inflation, crime, and the economy, the GOP can certainly win the House and possibly the Senate, too.

Nerd narrative

There's a 41% chance that the Republican party will control both the House and the Senate after the 2022 midterm elections, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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