by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Joe Biden is facing a downturn with voters that could hurt Democrats in electoral races and collapse the party’s congressional majority in the midterm elections, according to pollsters and strategists.
The erosion across a slew of new battleground polls “speaks volumes about the challenges Democrats are going to have in 2022,” said Republican pollster Robert Blizzard. He said Biden has failed to propose a vision that unites voters across the political spectrum like he vowed upon taking office.
Independent voters who “held their nose” to vote for Biden “are seeing what they got, they’re not liking it,” he said.
Biden faces dismal job approval ratings in several battleground states, including Michigan, Virginia, and Iowa, where the president garnered the lowest score since George W. Bush in 2008 in a survey this week.
Fewer than one-third of Iowans approve of Biden’s job as president at 31%, compared to 62% who disapprove, according to a Sept. 12-15 poll for the Des Moines Register/Mediacom by Selzer & Co. Seven percent said they were unsure.
While the president’s handling of COVID-19 is his highest approval rating on a policy issue at 36% approval, the number fell 17 percentage points from 53% approval in June. His recent vaccine mandate and Afghanistan drawdown both faced sharp rebuke.
“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Register.
The poll of 805 Iowans has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
A Trump adviser in the state said Selzer “gets it right” — and that he had shared the poll with his team.
Iowa Republican strategist Luke Martz called the latest numbers “devastating” for Democrats in the state. And Biden’s plummet was “jaw-dropping.”