A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this week shows that Biden’s faltering popularity continues to decline substantially, raising somber signs for the Democrat’s electoral prospects for the 2022 midterms. The poll, which surveyed 1,378 adults, shows that 53% of respondents disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job. While Biden remains unpopular, the same survey shows that the GOP is well poised for a potential electoral sweep net year.
Despite the President signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill last week, the major legislative achievement of his presidency for the moment, his posture with the American public did not change that much, with the current Quinnipiac poll actually showing that almost the same number of Americans disapprove of the President now than before the Infrastructure bill was signed, when 52% of respondents said they did not like the way the President was doing his job.
Hispanics disapprove Biden on the economy, think he is neither honest nor a good leader
The Quinnipiac poll also shows that the American public also disapproves of how Biden is handling the problems currently affecting them, with the survey showing negative approval numbers for the President on the way he is dealing with COVID, the economy, foreign policy, and even climate change. However, one of the signs that should be raising the alarms for the Democrats is that the President is polling extremely badly with Hispanics.
The survey shows that Hispanics disapprove of the way the president is doing his job, with 45% saying they disapprove while 41% say they approve of Biden. Noticeably, the number of Latinos that strongly disapprove of Biden (37%) is fourteen points higher than that of Latinos who strongly support the President.
When asked about the way the President is dealing with the economy, a decisive majority of Hispanics (52%) disapprove of how Biden is tackling the economy. Hispanics also do not approve of how the President is handling Foreign Policy, a weak point of the president after the deadly Afghan withdrawal, with also 52% of Latinos disapproving of how Biden has handled foreign relations.
Even in the issues where Biden is not underwater with the Latino population, his numbers are not overwhelming. In the issue of the handling of COVID, a slight plurality of Latinos (47% to 45%) think the President is doing a good job, even in the issue of climate change, Biden is only scoring a 47%-41% favorable margin with Latino voters.
To make matters worse for the Democrats, Hispanics do not have a good evaluation on the personality qualities of Biden. A majority of Latinos (53%) do not think that Biden is honest, and an even higher percentage of Latino respondents (57%) do not think that Biden has good leadership skills. The only silver-lining for Biden is that a majority of Latinos (51%) still think that he cares about average Americans.
While Biden remains unpopular, Republicans are dominating the generic ballot poll
The polling of this week is not only bad for the President personally but also for the (increasingly unlikely) hops of the Democratic Party of maintaining their paper-thin majorities in both houses of Congress. A Washington Post/ABC poll shows that Republicans hold a historic 10-point advantage in the congressional ballot, which is when respondents are asked if they would support either a generic Democrat or a generic Republican.
The ABC poll, which has Republicans at 51%, is also substantiated by the Quinnipiac survey which has the GOP polling at 46%, an eight-point lead from the Democrats, these numbers are truly unprecedented for the Republican Party. Republicans have never reached a 10-point advantage in the ABC generic ballot since the question began being polled.
To put these margins into perspective, not even in 1994 and 2010, when Republicans won stunning midterm victories against former Presidents Clinton and Obama did the GOP manage to be 10 points ahead in the generic ballot. If the trend continues to hold, and Republicans keep a double-digit advantage on election day in 2022, then Democrats could be facing an electoral reckoning of truly historic proportions.
Pollster Frank Luntz gave a stark warning to the Democratic Party, tweeting that Democrats have acted as if half of the country’s concerns do not matter and that those people are upset. He warned them by saying “You got your warning in VA and NJ. Ignore it and you’ll be 1994’ed and 2010’ed again.”