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Joe Biden’s low approval rating stings Democratic candidates

President Joe Biden’s low approval rating is hurting Democrats’ chances of retaining the Senate, House and a number of gubernatorial races across the country.

Just 39% of voters approved of President Joe Biden 18 days before the election, according to a Civiqs poll on Friday. Fifty-two percent disapproved.

The President’s approval rating is an indicator for mid-term races. Biden’s low approval rating, which has hovered in the low 30s for months, suggests Democrats will struggle to hold back a red wave on Nov. 8.

Biden’s troubling approval rating has had a direct impact on Democratic candidates. Few have asked the president to campaign with them. Some even refused to show up when he arrived for a rally, such as Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes.

On Thursday, Biden was invited to campaign with Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman. During the campaign shutdown, a reporter asked Biden if the Democratic candidates are making mistakes by not campaigning with the president.

“Tim Ryan in Ohio said he didn’t want you there. Warnock wouldn’t say. Do you think they’re making a mistake?” the reporter asked.

“No, I’m about 16 to 18 and a lot more asked – about 20 or so,” Biden replied, articulating his words.

According to Air Force One flight logs obtained by Axios on Oct. 5, Biden campaigned for fewer candidates than his predecessors. Biden visited 46 cities and held 11 fundraisers.

The numbers pale in comparison to the movements of past presidents during the 2010 and 2018 terms. Former President Barack Obama visited 78 cities and hosted 16 fundraisers, while former President Donald Trump visited 57 cities and hosted 27 fundraisers, according to the report.

Biden’s political calculus to stay in Washington, D.C., and not fly across the country to build support for House and Senate candidates is remarkable as several Democratic candidates seem willing to dispense with the president’s ability to generate fundraising campaigns and attract local media attention.

Embattled Democrats in traditionally blue regions of the country have asked Biden for help. Last week, Biden traveled to Oregon to boost Tina Kotek, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who faces defeat by Republican candidate Christie Drazan. He also rallied around Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and visited one of the nation’s bluest states, California.

“We’ve been very clear that the president is going out, the vice president is going out,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said of the trip. “They’re going to talk about the successes we’ve seen in this administration over the past 19 months.”

This weekend, Biden is expected to be on vacation in Delaware with the election just over two weeks away.

The Civiqs poll collected an average of 266,376 responses between January 20, 2021 and October 20, 2022. The Civiqs tracking model captures changes in attitudes of various groups over time in all 50 states and Washington, DC. These changes can happen quickly or over time.

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