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How Low Can Joe Go?

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It is official. According to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, Joe Biden is now recording the lowest approval ratings of any president since World War II, rivaled only by former president Jimmy Carter. Just 39% approve of his current job performance, while 59% actively disapprove. 

“Biden arguably in worse shape than any other elected president heading into his first midterm election,” Silver notes. “This [includes] his four most recent predecessors, who, like Biden, were operating in an increasingly polarized political climate.”

While the inflation and the cost of living continue to surge, even the most stalwart Democrats are starting to express their frustration. According to Pew Research, 93% of Americans consider inflation a very big or moderately big problem, while 88 percent feel the same about violent crime. 

His popularity is now so low that even the liberal vanguard of The New York Times is warning that Democrats should consider a different candidate for the 2024 election. Such widespread disapproval of Biden’s job performance bodes well for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections as well as their prospects for taking back the White House in 2024.

The question is what Biden can do to turn this sinking ship around? Following his trip to Saudi Arabia where he was explicitly told that the country’s oil production is already at capacity, it appears Biden has no viable plan to help ease the cost of living crisis. Meanwhile, pressure from the progressive wing of his administration means that taking concrete action to prevent the southern border crisis and the rise in violent crime is all but out of the question. 

So how low can Biden’s approval ratings realistically go? With no plan or answers in sight, his current numbers may merely be the thin end of the wedge. 

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