(TheRedAlertNews.com) – The current standing of President Joe Biden in the polls is causing concern among Democrats as they move toward the 2022 midterm elections. Biden’s response to the war in Ukraine, which most Americans have favored, has not helped drive up his overall poll numbers.
The accomplishments of the administration regarding the economy, which include high numbers of job gains and some of the lowest unemployment rates, are countered by the 40-year high inflation rate and the increase in gas prices which have hit many American households.
Democrats have for months had to deal with the possibility of losing the Senate, and Biden’s low performance in key states like Arizona is causing more concerns.
“It’s bad,” noted one Democratic strategist. “You have an energy crisis that’s paralyzing, inflation is at a 40-year high, and we’re heading into a recession. The problem is simple. The American people have lost confidence in him.”
Even the recent report in March of 431,000 jobs added to the U.S. economy has had no effect on Biden’s poll rates.
“My hypothesis is that, unless and until inflation comes down appreciably, that there’s going to be a ceiling on his job approval that’s a lot lower than the White House wants it to be,” stated Bill Galston, chair of the Brookings Institution’s governance studies program. Galston was also a former domestic policy adviser to President Clinton.
Biden received some more support after the State of the Union address, but that only lasted about a week.
“High gas prices are one of the biggest anchors on presidential approval,” said Jeff Jones, the Gallup senior editor. He also pointed to previous incidents of high gas prices and their effects by noting that both former Presidents George W. Bush and Carter in the 2000s and 1970s respectively faced similar issues.