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Biden’s approval rating plummets ahead of midterms, dragging Democrats down

President Biden’s job approval has fallen dramatically over the past month, according to a poll released Friday that found his dwindling fortunes are weighing on Democrats ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms.

Emerson College Polling’s national survey for October found that 53% of US voters disapprove of the job Mr. Biden is doing compared to 39% who approve, a 6-point drop in approval from September.

Only a quarter of voters approve of the job Congress is doing, as Democrats try to preserve narrow majorities in both chambers.

Pollsters said 46% of voters plan to support a Republican candidate compared to 41% who will support a Democrat. Perhaps most worryingly for Democrats, there is an enthusiasm gap.

“Among those who say they are ‘almost certain’ to vote in November, Congressional Republicans lead by 10 percentage points, 51% to 41%. Among those who say they will only “probably” vote, Democrats lead by 11 percentage points, 45% to 34%,” said Spencer Kimball, director of polls at Emerson College.

About two-thirds of voters said the United States is on the wrong track and the economy remains the top issue for voters, 44% citing it, compared to 12% who pointed to access to abortion and 11% who named threats to democracy.

Republican candidates have focused intensely on inflation this cycle while Democrats have focused on abortion access while insisting they have taken steps to ease economic concerns.

Regionally, Republicans have a 12-point lead in congressional contests in the Midwest and South. Congressional Democrats have a 10-point lead in the West but a one-point lead in the Northeast.

The survey of 1,000 voters was conducted on October 18 and 19 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.



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