How Low Can He Go? If NBC Says Biden's Approval Ratings Are This Bad, How Bad Are They Really?

By Mark Gruber | Wednesday, 18 May 2022 12:00
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According to the latest NBC News poll, President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low.

Only 39% of Americans approve of Biden's job as president, compared with 40% in March.

The poll, conducted May 5-7 and 9-10 among 1,000 adults, discovered:

•    75% of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the fifth time in the poll’s 34-year history when the wrong-track number hit 75% or higher
•    60% of Americans announce that abortion should be either always legal (37%) or legal most of the time (23%)
•    63% oppose the Supreme Court overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion
•    30% would back the Supreme Court overturning the decision
•    33% approve of Biden’s handling of the economy
•    41% approve of how Biden has handled the war between Russia and Ukraine and 59% approve of his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic
•    65% of adults explain their family’s income is falling behind the cost of living
•    46% of registered voters say they want Republicans to control Congress, and an equal 46% want Democrats in charge

“It is a flashing red light when you see a number like this,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, who conducted this survey with Democrat pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, announced the wrong-track number.

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“Americans are telling us this is as bad as 2008.”

Yet Democrats are still tied with Republicans in the poll’s question of which party should control Congress.

“It is remarkable that preference for control of Congress is even overall, and that the gap in interest in the election has narrowed,” said Horwitt.

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Democratic interest in the midterms has increased — from 50 percent of Democrats in March who indicated a high level of interest (either a “9” or “10” on a 10-point scale) to 61 percent now.

That’s compared to Republicans, who were at 67 percent high interest two months ago, versus 69 percent now.

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“How [abortion] plays out in November is to be determined. But for now, it is injecting some much-needed enthusiasm into parts of the Democratic coalition,” announced Horwitt, the Democratic pollster.

Yet McInturff counters that Republicans hold an 8-point lead in high interest over Democrats, 69 percent to 61 percent.

“It is true that Democratic interest is up,” he stated, “but we can’t lose sight that Republicans still enjoy an advantage that augurs well for election success.”

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