With precisely one year until the midterm elections, President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats in Congress face dismal ratings that show they could be in for a rout in 2022, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University survey.
The poll, which was conducted after the Tuesday elections before House Democrats passed the popular infrastructure bill on Friday, reveals Biden with almost rock-bottom approval ratings, Harris with even worse numbers, and Democrats trailing by a broad margin on the generic congressional ballot.
According to USA Today/Suffolk University, the topline numbers are a 37.8% approval rating for Biden with a 59% disapproval – over 21 points underwater. Forty-six percent of those included in the survey announced Biden has done a worse job than foreseen, and 64% announced they don't want Biden to run for reelection.
The approval number for the President is in line with where most surveys were throughout this point in former President Donald Trump's term. Yet according to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's disapproval did not reach such heights until days before he left office, in the wake of the attack on the Capitol by a mob of his followers.
Harris has only a 27.8% approval rating with 51.2% disapproving of her performance in office, according to USA Today/Suffolk University. That is over 23 percentage points underwater.
Congressional Democrats may face an uphill battle to preserve their razor-thin majorities unless something notable changes before Election Day on Nov. 8, 2022. The USA Today/Suffolk University survey gives Republicans a 46%-to-38% advantage on a generic congressional ballot.
After their devastating losses in Virginia and near miss in New Jersey last week, some expected that Democrats in D.C. would pump the brakes on their ambitious agenda, which many blamed for alienating Independent voters. Instead, they took a different read of the case. Americans were weary of inaction and debate on Capitol Hill and alternately wanted Democrats to pass legislation aimed at helping people.
House Democrats, at the explicit demand of Biden, plowed through what seemed to be irreconcilable differences on their reconciliation spending bill and eventually passed the long-delayed bipartisan infrastructure bill, which according to the USA Today-Suffolk poll, is supported by Americans 61% to 32%.
"The American people have made clear one overwhelming thing, I think – and I really mean it – all the talk about the elections and what they mean and everything: They want us to deliver," Biden announced Saturday after the infrastructure bill passed.
"I think the one message that came across was: Get something done. It's time to get something done. Stop – you all stop talking. Get something done," he continued when explicitly asked regarding the Virginia and New Jersey election results.